By Amin Kef Sesay
In line with its corporate social responsibility and in a bid to support Government’s efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Sierra Leone, Mercury International Company (SL) Limited, on 29th April 2020 donated the sum of Le500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Leones) to the Government of Sierra Leone.
The money was transferred to the COVID-19 account at the Bank of Sierra Leone. This amount is in addition to the over Le50,000,000 (Fifty Million Leones) worth of face masks bought and distributed
by Mercury International to various poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups including market women and Okada riders.
Mercury International also ensured that its staff, retailers and their immediate families were supplied reusable masks to enable them to protect themselves and their customers.
The Managing Director, Mercury International, Martin Michael Esq. said, “in as much as we have lost business due to the cancellation of football leagues around Europe, we have tried our best to keep our
staff on a full-time basis and have ensured that payments to all our staff, customers and suppliers are made in full. We have dug deep to get this money together to make this contribution. The Board of
Directors feels that this is a fight that requires all Sierra Leoneans to come together”
Mercury International, it was stated, will continue to assist and complement the Government’s efforts in any way possible and is joining Government in urging all Sierra Leoneans to practice good hygiene, wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, maintain a safe distance from others, wear a mask and stay home if possible.