Saturday 8th January 2011 will see an array of stars coming together for a charity event in aid of Orphanage International Ministry and the Bukom Youth Foundation.

Ahead of the event at the New Living Room Sports Lounge in East Legon, boxer turned poet Braimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku and the marketing manager of Voltic Ghana Ltd Ama Armah on Christmas day joined forces with two recently crowned African beauty queens to ensure that Christmas was a truly special occasion for scores of Ghanaian policemen and women on night patrol.

It had previously never happened until Christmas 2010 and no wonder it will forever be remembered as a special day by hard working night patrol and road vehicle check-point police officers in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Twenty-one-year-old medical student Miss Shirley Nwangere, who was crowned Miss ECOWAS 2010 in November and 22-year old Business student Ramatu Sidic; the winner of Miss Ecowas Ghana, spent a few hours on the road as they presented the officers with assorted Christmas goody bags and solidarity messages.

The two ladies were joined by the energetic Marketing manager of Voltic, Ama Armah with boxes of Voltic Mineral water courteously dispatched by the larger than life boxer turned poet Bukom Banku.

It was quite obvious that most of the policemen who were presented with a Christmas gift were pleasantly stunned, others simply could not believe what they were seeing whilst onlookers, drivers and pedestrians gazed and admired from a distance. The message of peace was the overriding theme of the exercise.

Madam Tachie-Menson the Associate Director of 702 Productions, organizers of the Miss Ecowas pageant, explained that it intended to promote the ECOWAS agenda of ensuring peace among member States. "The Peace Pageant has been designed and positioned as a pageant that will promote peace and the youth agenda of the ECOWAS Commission."

Asked why they were embarking on the Christmas night hand-outs? Miss Ecowas Shirley Nwangere said "If we did not have peace and security, we could not possibly go about our normal daily duties let alone go out at night to enjoy the festive season so we must show appreciation to these men and women."

From Tudu in central Accra, through Kaneshie, up to the Spintex road, this was the night when two of Ghana's most high profile beauty Queens gave up their holidays to tour the capital and distribute gifts to on duty security personnel of the Ghana Police Service.

Ms. Armah of Voltic Ghana added We must all try to cultivate a culture of respect for our policemen because they also make sacrifices to ensure that people and property are secured as well as maintain law and order.

Behind the beautiful faces and smiles are two very focused and dedicated personalities. Shirley Nwangeri for example won her crown after a keenly contested event at the Miatta Conference Center in the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown. The Optometry student, who was chosen out of 28 contestants from Nigeria, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire, Guinea and the other ECOWAS countries, is set to embark on a peace initiative in the sub-region.

Twenty-two-year old Ramatu Sidic on the other hand clinched a treble of prizes on her way to claiming the title as Miss Ecowas Ghana.

The student of the Institution of Professional Studies (IPS) beat 13 other opponents as she won the overall best costume and dance, as well as the ultimate Miss ECOWAS Ghana 2010 crown.

The "night shift" Christmas presentations is the first of its kind in Ghana and has been warmly received by the Ghana Police Service. The exercise was a joint collaborative initiative by Oxigen World, Dream Beckon and the organisers of Miss Ecowas Pageant 702 Productions.