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Some 23 artisans in and around Obuasi were on Saturday, June 1 given working tools and equipment to enable them set up their own businesses and provide them with a steady stream of income.

The donation was made by an Obuasi based non-profit association, the Fifty 50 Club.

The club also presented medical equipment to the Wioso Health center in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region.

Founded in July, 2020 the Fifty 50 club known for their consistent donations and support to health institutions and individuals is made up of employees of AngloGold Ashanti and its subsidiaries, as well as employees of other corporate organizations across the country and abroad.

The members of the club, which currently stands at 260, make monthly contributions in support of the Club’s objectives.

Speaking to the media after making the donation, the President and Founder of the Club, Jacob Edmund-Acquah, said the donation came on the back of similar donations in 2022 and 2023 where six health centers were given medical items to aid quality health care delivery.

He said the Wioso Health Center which was in a dire need of support were given 2 Crank Beds with Drip Stands, 1 Nebulizing Machine, 1 Oxygen Cylinder with Flowmeter, 2 BP Apparatus, 2 Forceps, 2 Weighing Scales and 1 Medication Trolley.

The Club also donated various tools/equipment to 23 artisans in and around the Obuasi community – 13 dryers, 13 hand dryers and 13 washing basins to 13 Hairdressers; 7 sewing machines and 7 pressing irons to 7 Seamstresses; 2 portable welding machines, 2 angle grinders, and 2 electrode holders to 2 Welders, and 1 toolbox with assorted tools to an Auto Mechanic.

The donation, according to Mr. Edmund-Acquah, was expected to equip the artisans to set up their own businesses and provide them with an avenue to be self-sustainable.

“This is the 13th time our club is making donations. We believe that this support will help cushion the artisans who mostly find it difficult to acquire tools to kick start their businesses. We are optimistic this will go a long way to build them up to also employ or train others,” he said.

The medical equipment and working tools for artisans amounted to totaling GHS 81,526.

The President thanked members for contributing to supporting worthy cause whiles encouraging others to join the club to support humanity.

The Adansi North District Health Director, Eric Atuahene Agyeman, who received the medical items on behalf of the Wioso Health Center, commended the Fifty 50 club for their support.

He called for more private sector involvement in delivering quality healthcare services.

He said, “Government cannot shoulder all the burden associated with quality health care delivery. The gesture by the Fifty 50 club opens the door for other individuals and NGOs to come on board to address key challenges in the health sector,” he added.

Mr. Agyeman revealed that the directorate has been affected by the high attrition rate of nurses in the country.

He, however, called on government to post more health workers to the district to address the shortfalls.

Huge relief

Emmanuel Appiah, an Auto mechanic, described the intervention from the Fifty 50 club as a welcome relief.

He recounted how difficult it has been for himself and others to get the tools to set them up properly after completing their training or apprenticeship.

“It has always become a daunting tasking for some of us to get tools to work with. A lot of us are engaged in illegal activities like galamsey just to get some money to buy tools. We remain grateful to the club.”


Parents of a past beneficiary (Petra Bimpomaa Adusei) also expressed their gratitude to the club for helping their child undergo a successful heart surgery.

The Fifty 50 Club has made several donations over the past 4 years including contributing to the cost of surgeries and/or medical treatments for kids and other individuals with various heart/medical conditions, supporting community clinics with medical equipment and supplies, providing scholarships to brilliant but needy students, and setting up businesses for many artisans, among others.