FERVENT YOUNG SIERRA LEONEAN
TAKES STAND FOR COUNTRY’S HEALTHCARE/EDUCATION SYSTEM
BY MOBILIZING ATLANTA’S AFRICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS IN
AFRICAN FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER
FOR NONPROFIT HOPE OF AFRICA

ATLANTA/FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE -- Ms. Abigal Thomas, Executive Director of Hope of Africa, a non-profit NGO, is taking a stand for her country’s healthcare and education systems, in organizing and directing a major fundraising event this Sunday, June 1st, 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

The fundraiser – An Afro-Centric Fashion Show – has mobilized African college students all across metro Atlanta, to perform the modeling as well as to provide the communications outreach to the African, particularly Sierra Leonean communities of metro Atlanta, which are a significant representation of the North American Diaspora.

Ms. Thomas, daughter of Ben and Mary Davies, a recent graduate of Armstrong University in Public Health Administration, made a personal commitment during her practicum in Ghana that she would not “turn my back on my people”, witnessing first-hand the infant mortalities due to malnutrition and the lack of basic pre-natal care.

Her father, Hon. Benjamin Davies, has recently been appointed by Sierra Leone’s new President Ernest Bai Koroma as the Cabinet Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, while her mother, Mrs. Mary Stella Davies, continues to operate the family’s successful healthcare business in Fayetteville, GA, recently opening a branch office in Virginia.

The charter for the Hope of Africa Corporation , “organized exclusively for health awareness, charitable and educational purposes” outlines three mission areas: (1) Provide healthcare volunteers to assist in ensuring that children and adults living in rural areas of West Africa have access to healthcare services; (2) Supply resources to the underprivileged in West Africa to assist them in furthering their education; (3) Reach out to orphans and HIV victims in West Africa.

Starting in Sierra Leone as the NGO’s first initiative in West Africa, the Hope Of Africa’s Afro-Centric Fashion Show will showcase college students whose parents are from Somalia, Nigeria, Ghana, as well as Sierra Leone, and who attend Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Kennesaw State University, Valdosta State University – and Howard University in Washington, D.C. Two children models – a boy and a girl – will symbolically represent the children in West Africa who will benefit from the healthcare and educational programs Hope of Africa will be launching with major hospitals and schools in Sierra Leone.

For more information about Hope of Africa and donation efforts, please contact Ms. Abigal Thomas, Executive Director, Hope of Africa, abigalat@yahoo.com, (7) 719-8454.

HOPE OF AFRICA’S Afro-Centric Fashion Show Fundraiser will take place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building C-206, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.