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Our Volunteers

VOLUNTEERS

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our volunteers, some of whom are listed here.

Sarah Abotsi-Masters runs Saturday events, children's activities, gives asronomy talks, sends out emails with links to interesting astronomy articles, maintains the mailing list for the Saturday events, and teaches at Teachers' Workshops.

Stanley Acquaye, was our first planetarium operator, and was with us in 2008 and 2009 before the University spirited him away.

Emmanuel Yeboah, whenever he had time off from university committments at the University of Ghana, Emmanuel made himself available for school visits on weekdays, participated in the Planetarium on Tour, and also helped at Saturday events, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Laura Youngson: 4 visits, including the first planetarium meetings and events in 2008 before the official opening, the Planetarium on Tour project 2010, Schools Science Activities in Kumasi 2011, and a 4th visit with fifteen other members of the Lightyear Foundation in 2012.

Frances Ling, first visit in January 2009 when the planetarium was opened officially, The International Year of Astronomy began, and our first school visits started, and another visit with members of the Lightyear Foundation in 2012.

Peter Sitch: 2 visits, one in 2009 when the planetarium was opened officially and the first school visits started, and another in 2011 running science activities in Kumasi.

Douglas Cook: 2 visits, including the Planetarium on Tour project 2010, Schools Science Activities in 2011, running in the Accra International Marathon 2011 to promote Ghana Planetarium, and a 3rd visit with the Lightyear Foundation in 2012.

Colleagues of Laura and Doug, members of the Lightyear Foundation, came to run schools activities in 2011, helped promote us at the Accra International Marathon, 2011, where we took a portable dome, and returned in 2012.

Kyle Doane, came in 2012 to run dome programmes for all our audiences: schools visits on weekdays and mixed audiences at weekends, from early April to early May, and helped us with lots of useful resources.

Our staff,
Godfred Amartey, Rustom Amartey, Kelvin Amartey and Adwoa Odame-Darkwa, often work on planetarium activities beyond normal working hours, including many weekends. Godfred also took part in the Planetarium on Tour project, 2010.

Lightyear Foundation Group visit in 2012 also included Aaron, Adam, Benni, Lieven, Manchi, Mark, Myf, Naomi, Nikki (second visit), Stu, Svet, Tim and Uta.

Others who help at planetarium events include Members of a School
Science Club, University Students on vacation, and Beneficiaries of our non-governmental charitable organisation Girls School Africa.

Sophie Morley ran in the 2012 Accra International Marathon to promote Ghana Planetarium, and her family made a generous donation.

Finally, Thomas Zahler has been helping us from afar.


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