The John F. Kennedy Hospital and several government officials, institutions and business executives last Saturday set up a Trust Fund for children of the late Mamadee Diakite, a prominent Liberian journalist who died last month.
The Fund Drive, which was established by a group of young Liberian professionals and students called the Village, is targeting US$100,000. The amount will be used to pay medical fees and educate the children of the deceased up to college level.
At the launching program, authorities of the of the John F. Kennedy Hospital offered to provide free medical services to the family including the mother of the deceased, for an unspecified period of time.
In a statement at the occasion, JFK Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Wvannie Scott MacDonald recalled that the late Mamadee was very serviceable to the country and the hospital when they needed to reach out to the people.
“Mamadee was such a professional journalist. He never carried a story without contacting the other side. This is the kind of professional service we need from Liberian journalists. We will miss him a lot,” Dr. McDonald said.
She added: “He expunged negative values of the country in his reporting. That is what I admired him for. So we have to make sure that this fund drive succeeds as we grieve his death and continue his legacy.”
She pledged US$1,000 on behalf of the JFK family and US$500 in her own name.
Several other personalities and institutions made pledges including the management of Aminata and Son, the National Mandingo Caucus, George Kailondo, Reverend Emmanuel Bowier, the General Manager of TRANSC, Mohammed Sherif and a host of others.
The chief launcher of the Fund, Siaka Toure, who is the owner of Aminata and Son, said he will pay US$10,000, 10 percent of the total amount targeted. He said he will deposit an initial amount of US$3,500 this week for the children to begin school. The sponsor of the Village was established six years ago.