CEO and founder of Dorwontony organization for the Aged DOFA

In Sierra Leone a notable media personality took on a journey to advocate for and support the aged exactly a year ago. Doreen Barrie believes that ‘ Old is Gold’ and holds dear the scripture which states that  we should “Honor your father and mother” as this is the  first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life – Ephesians 6:2-12. This led her to create a platform for the aged commonly called DOFA, that has won the hearts of many in Sierra Leone and beyond. 

This year to mark The International Day of Older Persons 2021: A special day for elderly which is celebrated every year on October 1. (The aim of the day is to spread awareness about issues affecting the elderly). In the past weeks, DOFA announced and has been showcasing the aged in a different light with a thanksgiving celebration, health awareness campaign, a football match among peers and just this weekend a Beauty Pageant for the elderly.

Let’s dive into The *Miss Old is Gold Beauty Pageant* organized by Dorwontony Organization for Aged –  DOFA for the aged really shows that beauty is not limited to the young. It was an extraordinary scene at the Enid O’reilly Wright  YWCA hall  to see women of elegance displaying their beauty and intelligence. The contestants really showed that age is just a number. They  reminded us that one can age gracefully and with a sense of humor. Five communities took part in this year’s contest.

The contest was won by *Miss Fatmata Turay* Representing *Magazine Cut Community*. *Age will always be a number.* *#oldisgold*

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Welfare- Madam Baindu Gassama crowning Miss Old is Gold- Fatmata Turay representing Magazine Cut



Sierra Leone’s Minister of Tourism –  making a presentation to the first runner up of DOFA-  Miss Old is Gold Madam Wara Cookson


Second runner up Madam Yayie Kabia representing Kroobay/Takoradi Corner


Miss Personality – Madam Yonkoh Mansaray alias Yonko Soda representing Congo Town





Miss Talent- Madam Ramatu Conteh de granny den pekito representing Fullah tong


Chief Judge – Amb. Soulay Daramy
One of the Judges – Mrs. Bobson Kamara making a presentation


In the Middle – renowned Women Activist- Dr. Nemata Majex- Walker


Trainer and Coordinator of Miss Old is Gold Beauty Pageant Mrs. Jenneh Amara Bangali


Madam Admire Moigure
Madam Gloria Miller





Miss Old is Gold Contestants

At Ariana Diaries, we are pretty hooked on how community members can support such a beautiful cause and keep DOFA going, we hope that these pictures of the event: Miss Old is Gold will encourage you to get in touch with Doreen and pledge to support their activities. Get in touch, today on +23276689451


Written by: arianadiaries

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