By Sahr Morris Jnr.
President of the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), Mohamed Fajah Barrie and his scribe, Frank Cole on Sunday departed Freetown for Dakar, Senegal to attend this year’s International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa conference.
The pair was able to make the trip after the Chairman of Mercury International (SL) Limited Charity Foundation, Samir Hassanyeh, presented a cash-cheque of Le14,260,000 (fourteen million, two hundred and sixty thousand leones) plus two return air tickets.
The AIPS Africa Congress will run from 17th -21st March in Dakar.
Handing over the cheque and tickets, Chairman Hassanyeh spoke about the existing partnership between SWASAL and the company, which he said continues to benefit both parties.
“We will continue to support SWASAL as part of our corporate social responsibility because the company is so far satisfied with the credible and reliable manner the Association is conducting its activities,” said Mr. Hassanyeh.
He said both Barrie and Cole were not going to Dakar to represent themselves but the entire Sierra Leone, and wished both men “safe journey”.
Receiving the money and air tickets, SWASAL president Mohamed Fajah Barrie thanked the company for the regular and continuous support, noting that the sports body will always remain grateful to Mercury as its sole sponsor.
“The AIPS Africa Congress is very important because it is the main forum where African sports journalists discuss pertinent issues regarding their job, as well as electing new executive members,” Barrie said.