Mercury International (SL) Limited gives SWASAL Le 29,607,600 M for AIPS Congress
The Chairman of Mercury International (SL) Limited Charity Foundation Mr. Samir Hassanyeh on Tuesday 9th April 2013 at his Rawdon Street Office, Freetown presented a cash cheque of Le 29,607,600 to a cross section of Executive Members of the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL).
Handing over the cheque to SWASAL President Mr. Mohamed Fajah Barrie, Mr. Hassanyeh said the donation was part of meeting his company’s cooperate social responsibility and fulfilling Mercury International’s commitment to SWASAL.
The Chairman noted how not too long ago his company provided funding to the association to fully equip its secretariat and hold its maiden Biennial Congress.
“Now, looking at the SWASAL’S Activities Plan 2013 I noticed the next activity the association is to undertake is the 76th International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Congress in Sotchi, Russia and therefore, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Management, Staff, Retailers and Customers of Mercury International (SL) Limited, it gives me the greatest pleasure to present the sum of Le 29,607,600 to SWASAL so that both the President and Secretary General can attend the congress,” he said.
Chairman Samir Hassanyeh wised both participants a safe journey and hoped they would adequately represent the association and Sierra Leone as a whole.
Receiving the cheque, the SWASAL President Mr. Mohamed Fajah Barrie thanked the Chairman and the rest of the Board Members; the Executive Director Mr. Martin E. Michael; Management; Staff and the entire Retailers and Customers of Mercury International (SL) Limited for their remarkable support to the association over the years.
“This latest gesture, from all directions, shows clearly you people have lots of confidence in my executive therefore we will do our utmost best to maintain that confidence,” Barrie said.
Explaining the significance of the AIPS Congress Barrie equated it to that of the FIFA Congress and noted SWASAL’s presence in such a high profile conference, the first ever since the association’s over 30 years existence, means that Sierra Leone is gradually taking its rightful place in International Sports Journalism.
Giving the vote of thanks, the association’s National Secretary General Frank Magnus Ernest Cole pointed out the presentation came as no surprise. “Our dealings with Mercury International (SL) Limited for the past three years have always been in the open that is why any time we knock on their doors for help they would respond positively,” Cole revealed.
He admonished the company not to relent in its enviable cooperate social responsibility.
Signed: Frank Magnus Ernest Cole
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