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Airtel partners with Sierra Leone Red Cross Society

Airtel partners with Sierra Leone Red Cross Society

As part of their corporate social responsibility, Airtel has partnered with Sierra Leone’s Red Cross Society 50th anniversary celebration by giving them a toll free line for their disaster management.  The toll free line number is 300 from any Airtel line.

Chairman of the anniversary celebration Dr. Joe A. D. Alie said in his opening remarks that  Red Cross Day is celebrated worldwide with a thanksgiving and Sierra Leone is celebrating its own in a unique way. One such good thing is our religious tournament. 50 years is a time of celebration and also a time of deep reflection. The Red Cross movement is unique because it takes up challenges to help the vulnerable. The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society is actively involved in the peace building of the country.

Secretary General Emmanuel Tommy said that the 8th of May allowed us to an opportunity to celebrate our remarkable history of neutral, impartial voluntary service to humanity. Today, young people are already making a profound difference in the lives of vulnerable people. He further stated that the Sierra Leone Red Cross has thrived and triumphed in the decades past. We were at the forefront of humanitarian service in the most crucial period of our country’s existence, during the civil crisis. On World Red Cross Day, let us together celebrate our rich history of service to humanity.

Airtel’s Corporate Affairs Manager June Rose Johnson said that it is part of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility to see that Sierra Leoneans are always on a safer side. Thus doing this, they decided to partner with the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society by giving them a toll free hotline 300. She further stated that this toll free hotline will help reduce  disaster, promote peace in the communities and serve as a humanitarian service for all.  June pleaded with the people to use the toll free line for the intended purpose.

The President Edward T. Ngandi in his statement said that they must remember those who pushed the bill through parliament. Our volunteers have been at the forefront of humanitarian action during disaster and distress situations, to provide immediate assistance, develop coping strategies and to make the victims resilient. In addition the Red Cross have been involved in the promotion of tolerance, the protection of child rights, promotion of principles and values, and International Humanitarian Law.  Mr. Ngandi confessed that they are faced with challenges; the numbers of volunteers is dwindling, with conflicts among volunteers, particularly the youth, and self sustainability. He therefore pleaded to all that Red Cross will like to see you more often and not only on 8th May each year.

The keynote address was given by the Hon Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mr. Steven Ngaoja. In his statement he thanked the Sierra Leone Red Cross for inviting him to this auspicious occasion. Indeed, 50 years of successful existence of an organization of any description is remarkable. He said that when one looks at the birth and growth of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, it becomes easy to overlook challenges. Sierra Leone is now taking part in a thanksgiving service for the 50th anniversary of the country’s own Red Cross Society. He further stated  that as his ministry is one of the key official hosts and partners of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, he therefore expressed his willingness to support the society as best as possible.

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