Leading Sports Betting and Lottery Company in Sierra Leone, Mercury International has made another donation of Le 250 million Leones to the Government of Sierra Leone in support of the fight against the deadly Ebola disease.
The decision to increase Mercury’s contribution in this time of crisis is in the wake of the national address in which President Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of public emergency and described the situation as “an extraordinary situation in need of extraordinary measures.”
Prior to this presentation, Mercury International had joined other major companies and organizations heed to the appeal of the Ministry of Health for support by donating to the Ministry of Health the sum of Le 150,000,000 to be used for medical equipments and treatment. There was another contribution of Le 50,000,000 to the Ministry of Political and Public Affairs for sensitization purposes.
Presenting the cheque to the President at State House, the Chairman Board of directors Mercury International Sierra Leone, Samir Hassanyeh in photo said that the company is making the donation as part of its moral and corporate social responsibility as a company operating in the country, now faced with health crisis as a result of the Ebola virus.
“We will continue our support to the government not only to fight the disease but in other developmental strides. We have always been and pledge to continue as partners in development and Ebola can only be eradicated by government if we all come on board and compliment the effort of the President and the government,” Hassanyeh said.
The Chairman expressed the company’s sympathy to all the victims of this deadly virus especially Dr. Khan and his colleagues who were infected by the virus while caring for other victims.
“As part of our company’s responsibility, we appreciate the need for a state of public emergency proclaimed by the President and as such we have and continue to comply fully with the declaration and any orders initiated by the government, and in our little way will encourage our staff, retailers and customers to co-operate and adhere to all policies circulated by the authorities,” Mr. Hassanyeh assured.
He reflected on how the company supported the President’s call for a stay at home on Monday 4th August, by shutting down all operations from 7pm on Sunday the 3rd August to 7am on Tuesday the 5th August.
Responding to Mercury International, President Koroma commended Mercury for such developmental strides and their support to eradicate the disease.
He said that Mercury International is one of the companies upholding its corporate social responsibility as they have been engaging in other development in the country, and considers them as one of the best examples for all other companies to follow.
President Koroma also thanked Mercury for their contribution towards development and in particular for providing scholarship for so many students from all regions and districts and creating hundreds of jobs for the youths of Sierra Leone. He added that Mercury’s support to eradicate the Ebola crisis has not surprised him as Mercury is always at the front in supporting the government and especially on very important issues of national interest.
He further appealed for Mercury to keep the good work and continue to be a pillar of hope for the youths of this country and to continue their numerous supports in all sectors of society, and assured them of government support and appreciation always.
Meanwhile, the company has also provided over Le 50,000,000worth of sensitization materials exposed in all their offices and circulated by their agents to customers educating the public on the way to avoid getting infected and how to identify the symptoms.
Chlorine water and hand sanitizers are also available at the entrance of all the operational centers and offices of the company across the country, and everyone, irrespective of status, is encouraged to wash their hands before and after leaving the Mercury premises throughout the country.