As an immediate response and to console victims of the Susan’s Bay fire disaster, Sierra Leone’s leading betting company, Mercury International, on Friday 26th March, donated about Le200million.
The donation was in the form of kind, worth Le 150million (One Hundred and Fifty Million Leones) and a cheque for Le 50million (Fifty Million Leones). It comes as timely support, following the ugly fire incident that left thousands of residents living in the community homeless.
As a way of sharing the pains of the victims, Mercury International formed a delegation compromising of senior management and other staff to visit the disaster site. The delegation, during that initial visit, determined the magnitude of the disaster caused by the fire incident before the distribution of the donated items.
The delegation, which was headed by the Chief Of Staff of the company, also included the Human Resource Manager, Miss Michaela Sannoh, and Procurement and Logistics Manager Mr Osama Zayart.
During the symbolic presentation of the donation, Mercury International’s Public Relations Manager, Alhaji Komba, said they felt compelled to provide the support to comfort the victims of the fire incident because Mercury was operating within their community.
“Mercury International is operating in Sierra Leone, which means every area in the country, including Susan’s Bay, and that is why we always feel the pains of the people like those who suffered in this incident; even though it is not something we anticipated, but as a company, we believe in humanity and to be kind and compassionate to people who are in distress, which is why we are here today,” Mr Komba said.
Dawn Cummings-John, the company’s Chief of Staff,
said the donation was made on compassionate grounds as the victims needed immediate support to help alleviate their present predicament.
She expressed sympathy on behalf of the company to the victims, especially the children.
“We understand over 300 children were affected by the fire outbreak, for which we believe is but fitting for us to come in and help in our little way,” Miss Cummings-John said as she continued to console the victims with words of courage.
The Mercury International Chief of Staff added that her company had always provided support and a helping hand to people who have suffered from devastations caused by natural disasters in the country.
Receiving the cheque and the donated items, the Councilor of Susan’s Bay Community and its surroundings, Madam Madinatu Kamara, thanked Mercury International for their continued humanitarian moves to the people of Sierra Leone, adding that the company has always supported Sierra Leoneans.
She said: “I want to assure Mercury International that this cheque and the donated items will be used and shared among the victims. On behalf of my people, I want to say thank you again for your [move which is worthy of emulation].
Meanwhile, the Assistant Director, Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Management Department, Office of National Security (ONS), Mrs Philomina Isatu Turay, also extended her profound gratitude to Mercury International, on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone, describing them as exemplary in adhering to Cooperate Social Responsibilities in the country. She further recalled the partnership support they, as a government agency, had enjoyed from Mercury International, citing, in particular, the fire disaster at Angola Town and the Mudslide disaster a few years ago.
The donated items included the following: 276 bags of rice, 40 five gallons of palm oil, 1,500 sachets of Ovaltine, 25 twenty litres of oil, 50 packets of milk, 50 packets of salts, 50 kilograms of sugar, 50 boxes of tea leaves, 50 bottles of Mayonnaise, toiletries, clothing, and 40 mattresses.
This is not the first time Mercury International is making such a huge and timely donation in support of victims of fire disaster in the country. In December 2016, the Company extended their philanthropic gesture to victims of Fort Street in Freetown by donating One Hundred Million Leones (Le 100,000,000) as an immediate response.