The sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) hosted their Third Omega Market Raffle Draw, during which 37 lucky individuals won fabulous prizes.
Heading a team of high ranking government officials at the occasion, President Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf kick-started the draw, and lucky streaks when she picked the first ticket which resulted in the winner taking home a brand new Safari motorbike.
The Secretary General of the AKA Eta Beta Omega Chapter, Rhonda Richards von Ballmoos, said the President’s presence at the draw was a sign that she appreciates the hard work the women have so far put into the market project.
“The President came to support us today because she is a member of the organization, and we really appreciate her presence,” said Madam von Ballmoos.
She added that the organization is doing everything possible to ensure that the Omega Market is completed “to help decongest the Red Light Market area.”
“We are half way in getting our targeted amount and praying that before the fourth raffle draw on December 24, all of our tickets would be completely sold out. Our target is US$1million to finish the project, but the AKA sisters are anticipating raising US$300,000 from the raffle draws as well as generating funds from other initiatives,” she added.
According to von Ballmoos, non-winning tickets from the November 30 raffle draw will be used for the final draw on December 30.
“As I speak, the project at Omega Market is ongoing because money generated from the sale of the tickets is directed immediately to the project,” she said.
After extending thanks and appreciation to everyone that bought a ticket, Madam von Ballmoos called on Liberians to purchase more tickets “as there are two more raffle draws in December.”
In brief remarks, Satu Sherriff, who won the raffle draw for the second time, said she was pleased to be associated with such an historic project.
Sherriff called on other women to get on board “because this is our project,” and promised to buy more tickets for the forthcoming draws.
Prizes won at the Third Omega Market Raffle Draw included a Safari motorbike, 21 inch TV, refrigerator, tires for a pickup truck and computer speakers. Other prizes were a triple burner outdoor gas stove, bread toaster, Nokia Lumia Windows phone, laptop, cash prizes, 50 pound bags of rice, electric iron and a rice cooker.