The launching which was organized by the Executives of GCAO led by Mr. Emmanuel Duodu (a Toronto based banker) in collaboration with the Ghana Consulate in Toronto, chiefs of the Ghanaian community and the Ghanaian Ministerial Association of Toronto was well attended by professionals, politicians, the Toronto Police, chiefs, ethnic associations, the youth, faith groups and friends of the Ghanaian community.
After the GCAO had made convincing remarks as well as video presentation on the need for the Ghanaian Canadian Heritage Centre and had rolled out the strategy for the acquisition of such centre within the next three years (aiming at $5 million as seed money for the project), provincial & municipal politicians, the Police and some invited dignitaries spoke in support of the Ghanaian Canadian Heritage Centre.
However, it was the testimonies by the students of the GCAO Homework/Mentoring Club that made a huge impact on the attendees, moving individuals, faith groups and some associations to donate/pledge between $100 to $10,000 in support of the acquisition of the Ghanaian Canadian Heritage Centre in the municipality of Toronto. The amount of money raised immediately at function through donations and pledges was $44,000!
The GCAO leadership pledged to lead the community in accomplishing the project through accountability, transparency and effective communication. In view of that, proper payment options which meet the requirements of Canada Revenue Agency for tax preparation purposes has been put in place for donors to the Ghanaian Canadian Heritage Centre fund.
Also, names and monies of all contributors/donors will be published periodically in the local media including the Toronto-based Sankofa Radio and the Ghanaian News.