OCTOBER 24, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Celebrated athletes like Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, American veteran Carl Lewis, Ukrainian Sergey Bubka, and Swedish Pernilla Wiberg have all joined former Sierra Leone’s fastest sprinter, Francis Horace Dove Edwin in a campaign by the World Olympians Association (WOA) to raise funds for the fight against Ebola.
According to Armenpress, the project all started thanks to the two-time Sierra Leonean Olympia who is part of the Presidential Task Force on Ebola to prevent the spread of the disease. He appealed to the WOA to raise funds to fight the disease in the country.
The WOA joined the call and then asked its 100,000 members to give their support through social networking, using the tag #TargetEbola and website (www.targetebola.org/donate) to make donations.
In order to do this effectively, the WOA has joined forces with Oxfam, one of the world’s leaders in emergency response, and U.S. humanitarian NGO MediSend International, a global leader and innovator in transforming healthcare systems in developing countries.
Oxfam’s teams are working with local communities to stop the spread of Ebola by ensuring people know how to protect themselves. They are also providing treatment centers and communities with safe water and sanitation facilities.
MediSend International is training healthcare workers and shipping critical medical and personal protective supplies to doctors and nurses on the frontlines of the battle against Ebola.
Francis Dove Edwin said during the launching: “This is a critical time in our fight against Ebola and I encourage my fellow Olympians and the general public to back the ‘#TargetEbola’ campaign and donate whatever they can. I would like to thank the WOA, Oxfam, MediSend International and Olympians everywhere for their ongoing support. Together we can make a difference.”
Already the Six-time Olympic medalist Usain Bolt has donated a pair of his shoes that he personally signed to be auctioned.