OCTOBER 22, 2014 By Josephine A. Seppeh (Intern)
Director General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Elvis Gbanabom Hallowell, on behalf of famous Sierra Leonean dancer and model, Maria Kargbo who resides in China, yesterday donated to First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma 150 bags of rice and 300 thermometers as part of the artist’s contribution to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.
In his statement, Mr. Hallowell said the benefactor as a Sierra Leonean has been restless since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country, and that “she is a hardworking lady who is doing her level best to see that Ebola is eradicated in the country”.
According to the SLBC DG, Ms. Kargbo had earlier donated the sum of Le50 million to the government during the initial stage of the outbreak.
“Maria is presently raising more funds to donate to Sierra Leone, therefore her duty for this country needs to be supported,” he noted.
Mr. Hallowell further informed the First Lady that the gesture was just “a tip of the iceberg for Maria”, and that he wished for Mrs. Koroma to know that the model is ready to work with her until the disease is eradicated.
In her statement, the First Lady – on behalf of the government and on her personal behalf – thanked Ms. Kargbo “for such a wonderful donation”.
Mrs. Sia Koroma said she had met with the Sierra Leonean model in China during a visit there, and that both of them had long been friends. “We are moving in the same direction because we are both philanthropists with the same intended purpose,” she said.
“Maria is somebody I am proud of because she is compassionate, which makes her a role model. She will always be remembered for her contribution to the fight against Ebola.”
The First Lady further extended her gratitude to the model for joining her in the fight against Ebola, thus pleading with other Sierra Leoneans to emulate her example as the government strives to conquer the Ebola virus.