Media One Centre donates to Flood Victims
Management and Staff of the Media One Centre, which comprise of Standard Times Newspaper, Star Radio and Star Television, have on Friday 18th September 2015 made a generous donation to Flood Victims at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown. Led by the Centre’s General Manager, Yusuf Bangura, the team was received by the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai and some top representatives of Civil Society in the country. The donation came after management and staff of the Media One Centre decided to put their little resources together to not only to sympathise with the flood victims to also restore confidence in that that all is not lost. The items donated include bundles of used clothing and pure drinking water. (Photo: Mr. Yusuf Bangura, speaking on behalf of Media One Centre)
Making the donation, Mr. Yusuf Bangura said the donation is part of the institution’s corporate social responsibility. “This is a natural disaster that we don’t want to occur again in our beloved nation,” he said. Mr. Bangura expressed his condolences to the bereaved family of those who lost their lives during the floods.
The donation has been widely acclaimed by government officials and the wider public, most of whom described it as the first of its kind coming from a media institution in the country. A Servant of God interviewed by this press said the donation is in fulfilment of one of the Biblical commandments on alms giving as recorded in Leviticus 25:35-36 “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.
Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs who has been very instrumental in providing basic necessities to the flood victims, said government appreciates the role played by the media during the disaster on Wednesday 16th September 2015 which prompted a swift government response. Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai pointed out that the information sent out by the media kept the government on it toes. He described the donation as a laudable venture that will go a long way. “This is everybody’s business. You have not only talked but have worked out what the victims required of you,” the Minister said.
He further said they have registered over four thousand victims from the Western Area and over two thousand three hundred from the east end of the city.
He thanked the Management and Staff of Media One Centre and appealed that other organizations emulate the gesture.
William Sao Lamin of Health Alert said he happy that Sierra Leoneans are responding to the needs of vulnerable people. He commended Media One Centre’s contribution in national development and appealed that it continues the good works.
The symbolic handing over was done by Commissioner Patricia Ganda of Star Radio who happens to be the pioneer of the donation.
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