In their quest to promote Sierra Leone’s market potentials, Sierra Leone’s widest and cheapest GSM network, Africell, has again partners with ‘Street Child Sierra Leone’ for the fourth edition of the Sierra Leone Marathon 2015.
Affricell’s Chief of Corporate Affairs Officer, Joe Abass Bangura, said on the occasion of the launch of the ‘Street Child Marathon 2015’ at the company’s headquarters in Wilberforce on Friday that they are sending the message to the world that even though the WHO is yet to declare Sierra Leone as Ebola free, the country is still a safe place to do business- as would be demonstrated by the significant number of participants that are expected from all continents of the world.
“The second objective is to raise funds to help some of the most vulnerable children in our country; to help rescue them from street life and back into homes and schools, as this is where they belong,” he continued.
He said Africell is delighted to be the official telecoms provider and a partner of the fourth edition of the Sierra Leone Marathon 2015 as we have been for all the previous editions.
Africell is well known for its support to the grassroots and needy Sierra Leoneans and elated at the chance to once again make a difference in the lives of these children.
Bangura said Africell also prides itself in being the dominant supporter of sports in Sierra Leone. Our support spans various sporting disciplines including, Football, Volleyball, Squash, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Basket Ball and now Marathon.
“Africell will be providing the following in support of the “Street Child Marathon 2015” event, Printing of Banners and posters for publicity, Media Coverage, P.A. System, Platform Stage, and a cheque for Ten Million Leones,” he disclosed, adding that jogging is high on the list of activities essential for healthy living; with the prospect of also being able to raise funds to help these vulnerable children in the process, this is a difficult bargain to beat.
The Sierra Leone Marathon is already seen as one of the country’s leading sporting events and this year is more important than ever. A total of 500 national and international runners will come together at the start line in Makeni’s Wusum Stadium to take on full marathon, half marathon, 10km or 5km.
With runners travelling from Britain, America, Australia and across mainland Europe, this year’s marathon is set to raise hundreds of millions of Leones to support vulnerable children and families across the country that have been affected by Ebola.
“I want to thank our sponsor Africell for renewing their support for this year’s special event. Street Child is very excited to be bringing the Sierra Leone marathon back to Makeni for 2015 and we want to encourage people from across the country to come and join us for this very special event,” said Sierra Leone marathon director, Paul Humphries, also Deputy CEO for Street Child UK.
He said places to run in the Sierra Leone marathon are already available but they are limited.
Entry fees are: for the marathon Le40,000 (Le430,000 for non-Sierra Leonean citizens); for the half marathon Le 30,000 (Le 215,000 for non-Sierra Leonean citizens); for the 10km Le25,000 (Le 110,000 for non-Sierra Leonean citizens); for the 5km Le15,000 (Le110,000 for non-Sierra Leonean citizens).
He also said anyone interested in participating is encouraged to sign up as soon as possible at official locations in Freetown – the Street Child of Sierra Leone offices on Pademba Road and City Pharmacy on Wilberforce Street – or Makeni – the Club House on Magburaka Road.
All runners will receive medals and T-shirts. Winners of each race will take home one of the official Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon trophies and the chance of a share in the prize fund.
“As always, the Sierra Leone Marathon organizing committee is working closely with Government as well as local authorities in Makeni, including the police, the army, the Mayor’s office and the Red Cross to ensure a safe and secure environment for this unique sporting challenge,” he said.