French Business Club Donates US$80k to Red Cross

first_imgFrench business merchants or companies operating in Liberia, under the banner French Business Club (FBC), have made a huge donation to the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS). The donation includes US$80,000 and a brand new Renault car.The president of FBC, Jean Michel Macia, at the presentation ceremony held Thursday, September 25, at the French Embassy in Monrovia said the donation was their way of helping to boost the efforts of the LNRCS, which is one of the most important entities on the frontline of the fight against the virus.“We believe that this is the key contribution we can make and the best way for our companies to help the country and the population. But we see that to fight Ebola more must be done.He said the LNRCS was selected as the beneficiary of the FBC’s donation because it is proving its competence every day in the field. “This contribution, we believe, will enable the Red Cross to continue to battle against the virus,” the FBC boss said.“Their actions also help our organizations and our employees. Consequently the FBC is pleased to donate one vehicle and commit US$80,000 to the national society,” he added.Mr. Macia also stated that the donation marks the beginning of a strong partnership between FBC and the LNRCS.The French business executive indicated that since the outbreak of the terrible epidemic all these companies of the FBC have reinforced their commitment to stay and to continue their economic activities despite growing number of difficulties and hurdles.“We want to be part of the economic life of Liberia during the good times but we must also be present during the difficulties. To be present, to stay in the country, to maintain the jobs of our employees, to maintain their revenues and to keep investing are our prime targets,” he said.In quoting former Ivoirian President Felix Houphouet Boigny, Mr. Macia said: “Peace is not a word, it is comportment” and in his own words: “I say to you today solidarity is not a word, it is comportment.”The Liberia National Red Cross Society, tasked with the responsibility of dead body management by the National Task Force on Ebola, has for some time complained of lack of adequate support from central government and partners in carrying out its mandate.Speaking at the donation ceremony, the president of the LNRCS, Emmanuel Kparh, said the donation is a boost to the Red Cross and will make a great impact in the fight against Ebola.He lauded the French club for recognizing the works of the Red Cross over the years and said the donation is in recognition of the sacrificial works that the LNRCS continues to render to less fortunate Liberians.French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, said the contribution of the French businesses in Liberia is a sign of strong commitment to countries that are affected by the virus.He said French people won’t remain insensitive to the plight of Liberians as the virus rages on.The donation ceremony was graced by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore and other officials of government.FBC was founded in 2013 under the umbrella of the French Embassy in Liberia. It has brought together the key representatives of the French Group operating in Liberia.Members companies of FBC include, AGS FRAZER-a packing and removal company, BIVAC/VERITAS-control and expertise, CICA Motors Liberia (FCAO GROUP) Toyota and Yamaha representative, DELMAS (CMA-CGM Group, the third biggest ship owner in the world and ELIAS ANTOUNE Motors (Renault representative), distributor of trucks and cars.Others include, Liberia Equipment (representative of Ja Delmas Bordeaux), sole authorize dealer of caterpillar, Salala Rubber Corporation (SOCFINGroup) rubber plantation in Margibi County, TOTAL-oil marketing company, UMARCO (BOLLORE GROUP) clearing and forwarding shipping agent and logistics sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPREPERATIONS are at an advanced stage for the staging of the 8th annual Danny McDaid 15 road race-fun run which takes place on Sunday, August 12.It was once the preserve of the elite runners – but now the Danny McDaid 15k has a fun run element too.Almost 200 athletes from all over Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and further afield put their toe to the line for last year’s race and with a growing resurgence in keeping fit and competitive racing organisers are hoping the record turnout in 2011 will be suprassed. The event was formally launched recently at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny , who are the main sponsors of the event. The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.The 8th annual Danny McDaid 15k it promises to be the best event to date.The winner of the race last year was Patrick Brennan in a time of 48.59 is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and attracts top runners from all over the country.However, the organisers are also hoping people will come out and jog around the course which runs from the town out around New Mills and Rashedogue before finishing back in town via Conwal. The event is run in honour of double Olympian and LAC club stalwart, Danny McDaid who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics for Ireland in Berlin and Melbourne.Speaking at the launch, Brendan McDaid of LAC, said the event has been growing in popularity ever year since its inception.“The Danny McDaid 15k carries a special aura and appeal for all runners. It is a top event on the local racing calendar but we’re also appealing to people to come out and just run the course. It is a great race and the numbers are growing every year,” he said.“We’re delighted to have The Station House as our main sponsor for the race.Mr Brian Gallagher, Proprietor of The Station House Hotel said he was delighted to be involved with the event. “Danny McDaid is a household name across the country. LAC is a great club and fosters great young talent. As a local businessman I’m always delighted to help out in any way I can.,’ he said.The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.The top ten last year were: Patrick Brennan (LAC 48.59), Ciaran Doherty (LAC 49.11), Pauric McKinney (LAC 50.44), Michael Black (LAC 51.13), Paddy Doherty (City of Derry 51.25), Gary Crossan (LAC 52.38), Pius McIntyre (Foyle Valley (52.42), Paul McCafferty (City of Derry (53.16), Gavin Crawford (24/7 Triathlon 53.28) and Paul McGlinchey (LAC 53.57)HUGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR THE DANNY MCDAID 15K was last modified: July 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:15kDanny McDaidroad racelast_img read more