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Africell Supports ‘Race for Survival’

Africell Supports ‘Race for Survival’

Africell on Friday October 12th, expressed their excitement to journalists  in their support and collaboration with Save The Children, under the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with Ecobank in organizing the “Race for Survival’’ World Marathon Challenge 2012. The ceremony took place at the company’s HQ in Wilberforce.

In making a statement, Africell’s corporate affairs officer Joe Abass Bangura made it clear that 600 children in Sierra Leone participated in the Save the Children ‘’Race for Survival” on the weekend of Saturday October 13th, at the National Stadium, joining with about 20,000 children across 40 countries in the world, adding that the relay race covered the full marathon distance.

He further noted that the race was organized to raise awareness toward the need of tackling malnutrition, adding that it involved children from ten schools across the western area, commencing with a march pass procession from the Freetown City Council office Headquarter to the National Stadium.

He noted that, the Government of Sierra Leone has demonstrated significant focus on child health and nutrition through the launching of the free medical health care initiative.

He said they are proud to be part of the universal effort to ensure that the millennium development goals target will be met by 2015.

Finally, Africell commends Save the Children on their vision to see a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation to inspire breakthrough in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives he maintained.

The representative from Save the Children, Joanna Tom Kargbo, expressed their heart-felt gratitude to its partners, Africell who provided them with some items needed for the race such as T shirts, fliers, banners, etc., in making this historical event a reality of Save the Children survival.

She added that the children who participated in running on Saturday are calling on the Government to maintain the free health care initiative, improve access to quality health services for children and women, ensure that rural and remote health facilities have professionals, and allocate 15 percent of the total national budget to health as agreed to the Abuja Declaration in 2001.

Save the Children public relation officer Abdul Bunuka, thanked their partners in helping them to promote the children in this country.

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