A team of five from accountants, business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves have recently taken time out of their everyday lives and away from their desks to visit Abenta in Ghana, with the aid of the organisation POD Volunteering and Village By Village, to help make a long-lasting difference to a local community school.
The trip and a donation of £7,000 to the charity OneChildGhana, was supported by individual fundraising from team members totalling £12,000 and a further donation from the Kreston Reeves Foundation of £5,300. The team embarked on a number of tasks during their stay including:
- Knocking down and rebuilding a concrete base for a large water harvesting tank for the school in the village of Obom, helping to enable the children to drink and wash their hands.
- Fixing doors and windows around the school.
- Teaching the children Maths and English.
- Playing games with the children at the school such as Connect 4, volleyball and catch.
- Arts and crafts with the children and providing much needed supplies of pens and paper.
- Playing with balloons and singalong.
The team members who visited Ghana were:
Rob Sellers, Partner, Kreston Reeves Canterbury office
Ceri Cook, Advisory and Assurance Manager, Kreston Reeves Discovery Park office
David Mepsted, Audit and Assurance Manager, Kreston Reeves Chatham office
Alice Ferguson, Internal Accounts Assistant, Kreston Reeves Canterbury office
Taylor Moores, Trainee Certified Accountant, Kreston Reeves Discovery Park office
Sam Rouse, Partner, Kreston Reeves and Trustee of the Kreston Reeves Foundation: “The Foundation is delighted to support the fantastic fund raising of our team and the work they have been able to achieve in Ghana will leave a long-lasting impact on the local community. We are very proud of how they have gone about fundraising, organising and taking part in the trip. We understand how important it is to enable our teams to take time out from the workplace to make a little difference and give something back to causes close to their hearts.”
David Mepsted, one of the Kreston Reeves team members who visited Ghana, commented, “Our time in Ghana was precious in many ways. We felt so welcome during our entire time in Ghana. We saw and experienced some heart-breaking sights but returned knowing that we have made a small difference to the lives of many in Abenta and Obom, be it those that will use the water harvesting station over the next 20 years, those using the classrooms that now have working doors and windows, those that we put smiles on faces or those that will receive the many clothes and other items we donated.
“We also bonded as a team and bring home with us memories that will last a lifetime. The team would like to say a big Ma daa si (thank you) to those that assisted in our fundraising leading up to the trip.”