This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana. Since May, they’ve been celebrating with events each month. September is the “entertainment” month and one of the activities was a bicycle race sponsored by the hospital.
They announced the race on the radio for a few days and had 22 people register. William was traveling but folks know his love of cycling and added him to the list since the race was to occur just a couple days after his return.
On race day, trucks carried all the competitors and their bikes out to Nyingaari, a village just past Gambaga on the main road. They raced from there back to the hospital. While the distance of 7.5 miles wasn’t great, the cyclists had to climb three massive hills.
William has been riding a lot, especially to Gambaga and back (11miles total) so he was ready. His training paid off and he took first place by well over a minute.
All the participants received a bar of soap and a malt drink for completing the race. The first four will be awarded prizes on November 8th, the day of the final 60th Anniversary celebration.
William is off traveling in Europe for a few weeks and I’m holding down the fort with the two kids. This weekend we made a little excursion down to the creek. We’re at the peak of rainy season now and there was much more water than last time. Everything was so green and colorful.
This weekend we celebrated KJ’s birthday at our home in Nalerigu. KJ’s grandparents had come to visit and Granny Sarah’s birthday is the day before KJ’s so it was a dual-birthday party!
Lots of KJ & Trey’s friends came as well as some of our colleagues and visiting volunteers from the hospital.
KJ’s swimming improved a lot this month during our short holiday in Mole National Park.
We also had a surprise visitor at the pool one morning! Thankfully he didn’t get in to swim!
Easter came around again and that meant a visit to Nakpanduri for Ms. Denise’s annual easter egg hunt ! I lose track of how many years she has been doing this but it’s over 30 and each year we make sure we attend (2017, 2016, 2015). In addition to the BMC families, this year we had a massive group of volunteers (9 from WVU and a couple others) as well as four German friends that attended.