Becca's Children's Ball hits a promising start
 
Posted on: 2010-Mar-22        Joy fm
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The Banquet Hall of the State House was on Saturday night filled with diverse personalities in the country who came to lend a helping hand to Becca’s call to register under privileged kids for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The event, Becca’s Children’s Ball was organised by musician Rebecca Acheampong, popularly known as Becca. She hopes to raise about GH¢ 150,000 to register about 10, 000 children.

Notable personalities like Ishac Diwan, the World Bank Country representative, Mr Sylvester Mensah, CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority, Joe Ohemeng partner at Deloitte & Touche, Kwame Sefa Kayi and many others graced the event.

The Utimate Accapella Group set the night’s entertainment spree off with a fantastic performance which was followed by some rib cracking comedy from Nigeria’s finest Basket Mouth.

There was no way the Ball would have ended without pleasurable songs from the organiser herself. The diva mounted the stage and, at her usual best, unleashed most of her hits songs to the delight of the audience. Her performance was followed by a fashion show by Renee Q.

However, the night was ‘stolen’ by the legend ‘Abratie’ Amakye Dede who proved to everybody that he is still fresh and he can also deliver when called upon.

Abrantie got the youth dancing to his good-old tunes as if they were newly released.

After the dinning and the musical performances, many items were auctioned as people make pledges alongside.

Becca in an interview with Myjoyonline.com after her performance disclosed that she had to change her initial plan of buying and donating hospital equipment to the various hospitals after a woman lost her child because she could not get 15 Ghana Cedis.

“I initially wanted to buy hospital equipment for the various hospitals so every now and then, I used to go to the hospitals and talk to the doctors and nurses. A lady came in and she was wailing and I asked what was going on and I was told her child is dead...she was supposed to go and look for 15 Ghana Cedis and the sad thing was that she came back with nothing at all.”

“...that hit me and I thought why buy equipment when people won’t have access to it, why not do something close to health care and the closest thing I could think about is National Health Insurance Scheme because that covers you for a whole year,” Becca added.

She said, the Ball which will be a yearly event, would be discriminatory in its administration. The Ball will collate data of under privileged children from the various hospitals who are not registered under the NHIS.

The list will be sent to the Social Welfare to scrutinise and prove that the kids are eligible to benefit. The list will then be sent to NHIA to register the selected children.

Deloitte & Touche, for accountability purposes, will be the sole signatories to the Ball's account.