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President Koroma lauds philanthropists for aiding Ebola fight

OCTOBER 29, 2014 By Josephine A. Seppeh

President Ernest Bai Koroma has commended two Sierra Leonean philanthropists – Mustapha Hamid Koroma and Hassan Kamara – for their relentless effort and commitment in the fight against the dreaded Ebola epidemic that is ravaging the three West African states of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

The president recalled that following his plea to compatriots to contribute towards the fight to defeat the deadly virus, he was elated to have received 100 bags of rice from the duo as support to Ebola survivors.

“I want to register my gratitude to Mustapha Koroma and Hassan Kamara for their kind gesture. Immediately after this disease broke out in our country some months ago, I appealed to all Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad to help in the fight. Whatever little effort for Ebola survivors and their families, including patients, is acceptable. This is a national battle and all of us should put our efforts to liberate our country,” said President Koroma.

Secretary General of the ruling All People’s Congress, Ambassador Foday Yansaneh, while presenting the items, said the donation was timely especially when a good number of people have survived the Ebola disease.

He said the two donors are currently resident in the United Kingdom but have been very instrumental in promoting issues around good governance, youth and women’s empowerment, and more importantly giving support to vulnerable children.

“They are not here but have contributed greatly. In fact they are now in the process of setting up a self-funded goodwill foundation to continue with their support to the government and people of Sierra Leone,” he said.

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