As a way of further complementing its corporate social responsibility in the country, Sierra Leone leading private football betting institution, Mercury International on Friday, 1st October 2010 presented scholarships worth over Le 100 Million to some 508 primary school-going pupils across the country at the Young Men’s Sports Club (YSC) hall, Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
Addressing parents and beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-Mercury International, Samir Hassanyeh said the company feels delighted to offer such a huge sum of money by way of scholarships to primary school-going pupils in the country. He disclosed that the budgetary allocation this year increased from Le230 Million last year to Le 500 Million with an expectation of an increment for next year’s budgetary allocation. He assured of his company’s continued assistance in the education of the children of Sierra Leone as long as they continue to operate in the country.
|(CEO)-Mercury International, Samir Hassanyeh Presentint Scholarship
He calls on the parents and guardians of the beneficiaries to ensure that they take good care of the opportunity so that their children can be more educated. He however assured that they will do all they can to stay in the country and to do business.
Mercury’s social corporate responsibility does not stop at education alone. It also focuses at enhancing the dignity of people with disability. The CEO went on to disclose that they provide food for the disable by distributing to them 72 bags of rice every month. According to him, food maintains life and Mercury International cherishes the lives of of these people as part of society. In addition to that, Mr. Hassanyeh disclosed that his company has agreed to pay US $ 1, 500 as registration fee for the Handicap Football Team at the Handicap World Cup Tournament to be hosted in Argentina.
General Manager of Manson Consultancy, Martin Michaels, explained the several interventions Mercury International has made in improving the lots of the people of Sierra Leone. He said these interventions ranged from sports and education for the youths; food and other welfare matters for the aged amongst others. He however pointed out that the scholarships are awarded based on performance criteria and it is awarded to those pupils who performed extremely well in their schools, as an encouragement to focus on their studies. He extended the opportunity of applying to all those pupils and students who are doing well in their schools and tertiary institutions to apply for the scholarship. He appealed to the school-going pupils to desist from playing their betting, on the grounds that they are too young and making it known to them that the scholarship scheme is meant to compensate their disqualification from playing. “You are required to study your notes and leave the betting game to adults,” he admonished the children.
One of the beneficiaries, a Class II pupil of St. Joseph’s Infant School, Margaret Adama Kargbo thanked Mercury International for the helping hand it has extended to them, adding that this support will go a long way in relieving their parents from the burden of looking for extra money to meet their school charges. “I will always be grateful to Mercury International and together with my colleagues, we pray that the company continues to excel in its business undertakings in the country,” Margaret prayed.
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