Sierra Rutile employees contribute Le43 million to fight Ebola


NOVEMBER 18, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

Employees of Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL) and its sister organization, African Lion Agriculture, have contributed the sum of Le43 million to support the fight against Ebola within mining communities they are operating. Over 1,100 employees made individual contributions out of their hard-earned salaries to boost community efforts in eradicating the Ebola scourge in mining chiefdoms.

Part of the money was used to procure essential items such as chlorine, buckets, gloves, liquid soap, megaphones, torchlight’s and foodstuff that were donated to homes that are being quarantined in Gbangbatoke, in the Lower Banta Chiefdom, Moyamba District.

The donation was also extended to eight Ebola checkpoints jointly manned by community youths and security personnel in all entry points into SRL operational areas. Health centers and public places like markets and parks were also provided with chlorine, buckets, gloves and liquid soap.

While presenting the items to quarantined homes in Gbangbatoke, acting Human Resources Manager, Peter Kamuray said employees of SRL are committed to the fight against the Ebola virus disease. “We will continue to support any venture that is geared towards eliminating Ebola within our mining chiefdoms,” he said. He advised residents to be vigilant and always adhere to preventive measures in order to reduce the infection rate in their respective communities.

Receiving the items on behalf of the people, Chief Amidu Kpokie, Chiefdom Speaker of Lower Banta, expressed his appreciation to employees of Sierra Rutile Limited for coming to their aid at such a difficult moment. He said: “What you have done is not just a charitable gesture but you have demonstrated love and care for our well being.”

The Chiefdom Speaker gave tribute to those who have died as a result of Ebola and called on well-meaning Sierra Leoneans to emulate the SRL largesse.