1,041(One Thousand and Forty-one) pupils of both primary and secondary schools, including physically challenged children have benefited from a scholarship scheme by a leading lottery company with focus on football betting operating in the country, Mercury International. The dishing out of funds ceremony took place on Monday 4th October 2010 at the Young Men Sports Club (YSC), Wilkinson Road in western Freetown.
Giving the rationale behind such a move, the chief Executive Officer of the lottery, Samir Hassanyeh said the decision to dole out those scholarships was in the company’s bid to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as mandated by the statutory instruments under which Mercury as a company operates. He also informed that the company since the company recognize the plight of the disabled, they thought it expedient tyo include them in the scheme. He called on parents and guardians of the beneficiaries to prudently use the packages as he assured them of the company’s continued support if the pupils maintained their academic status.
He used the ceremony as an opportunity to impress on company staff to desist from selling betting ticket to children below 18 years of age, especially student that believe in trying their luck.
Parent, guardians as well as the beneficiary pupils expressed their profound appreciation to Mercury International for what they described as a laudable venture taken by the company considering the continuous inflationary force in the markets. The parents also commended the company for its relentless efforts in promoting education in the country.
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