The Vegetarian Association of Ghana (VegGhana) wishes to inform the general public that due to the unfortunate situation regarding Ebola in the West African sub region and the subsequent directive by the Government of Ghana to ban all international conferences for three months, we have had to postpone the 42nd International Vegetarian Union (IVU) Vegfest which would have been held from October 1st to 6th this year.
VegGhana has received confirmed communication from the IVU that the organisation has reserved the right for Ghana to host the event next year due to the unforeseen circumstances. The 42nd IVU World Vegfestadds to a long list of firsts achieved by this great country as this is the first ever world vegetarian event in Africa since the inception of the event over 100 years ago!
In light of these developments the Vegetarian Association of Ghana will be hosting its 9th Annual Ghana Vegfest in a grand way on October 24 and 25th. Despite the change of plans, the theme of this year’s Vegfest will be maintained as “Miraculously preserved – Celebrating life at the center of the earth” where the association seeks to reintroduce many traditional Ghanaian vegetarian dishes that are being forgotten due to the impact of globalization.
Speaking to the media in Accra, The Chairman of the Planning Committee Dr. Kofi Asare expressed his disappointment at the postponement however cited the need to look at the bigger picture of ensuring public health and safety and thus conceded that the decision the government has taken is in the best interests of all. He urged Ghanaians to increase their intake of plant based foods which would strengthen their immune systems in general an dprovide better general health.
On the 24th of October there will be an official launch of this year’s celebration in the company of key stakeholders of health before embarking on a colourful float through the principal streets of Accra to engage the public on the need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Saturday October 25th will be a full day of educational seminars, entertainment, exhibitions, great food and family fun in the Efua Sutherland Park.
The Vegetarian Association of Ghana would like to acknowledge Ecobank for being a major sponsor of the event and encourages other socially responsible corporations and organisations that are committed to a Ghana with healthy citizens to support our noble cause.
Dr. Kofi Asare (Chair Planning Committee),
Edwin Baffour (PRO)
VAG Vegetarian Association of Ghana