Sierra Leone charity OAKS to hold annual ball in Neston to raise money for kids in Sierra Leone


In order to raise money for their charity, a group of volunteers called Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone (OAKS) who helped build a primary and secondary school in Sierra Leone are organising their annual ball.

As part of their efforts to raise money for the kids in Sierra Leone, OAKS will organise a Charity Ball on Saturday, November 25.

Tickets for the event at Thornton Hall, which runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., cost £60. A three-course meal, wine, a raffle, an auction, and a disco are all planned.

Margaret Jarrette founded OAKS (Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone). Margaret made a commitment to establish a school for underprivileged kids after purchasing some bushland in a destitute neighbourhood of Tikonko Chiefdom, south of Bo Town.

The group’s mission is to support Sierra Leonean children in their educational endeavours so they can have the freedom to choose what path they will choose in life.

peaking about OAKS, Dave Bladen, who works closely with the charity, said: “OAKS opened as a school in 2007 teaching 100 kids in a poor community on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s second city, Bo.

“16 years later, in 2023, we have built a Primary with 11 classes and a junior secondary with six.

“We teach in the region of 750 children. We employ 31 Sierra Leoneans which includes 23 teachers, two nurses and ancillary staff.

“We are very successful, usually with 100 per cent pass rate, making OAKS a top school in Bo and the Southern District.

“Eventually, we’d like to have a senior secondary school. With the amazing help of our supporters, we continue to change the life chances of thousands of children.”


Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583

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