“I am happy with this support at this particular time when things are not easy” – Moses Aitkins

Last week, Team Martin Bangura provided relief support of 100 bags of 25kg rice and 50 gallons of vegetable cooking oil to members of the athletics family to relieve the pressure COVID-19 has had on them. The support was shared between clubs and officials of the Sierra Leone Athletic Association (SLAA), including 65 bags and oil for the Western Area and 35 bags and oils for the Provinces. One of the beneficiaries, Moses Aitkins of Kaiyamba Athletics Club, said he is happy with the support “at this particular time when things are not easy for us who take athletics to be our career”.

“I want to thank Team Martin Bangura for this support, and we will always be grateful to him,” he added. Another beneficiary, Namisa J. Maibo of Kings and Queens Athletics Club, expressed thanks appreciation to Team Martin Bangura for the wonderful gesture during these trying times. According to Dr Adikali Kaba Sesay, chairman of the occasion, they decided to assist government in the fight against COVID-19 by making the donation to the athletics family, and urged all to continue adhering to the guidelines set forth by government to combat this pandemic.

“The athletics environment has become very competitive and challenging for the family in terms of getting their athletes ready for competition by concentrating on coaching/training them, building stamina, endurance, agility, speed, etc.,” he said.

“Revolution comes in the sports field time to time again, but we should not use such revolutions to destroy the sports but to build it to the envy of other sporting disciplines. A variety of sports competitions brings a lot of positive opportunities for us. There may be various problems that will or might occur; however, they should not matter if we work as a family, but they would if we are divided.”

Meanwhile, SLAA presidential aspirant Martin Bangura commended veteran athletes who contributed to the donation, including Vidal Bennett, a former athlete from the Success Camp, James Tusan, Joshua Elliott, Donald Stevens, George Sandy, Sahr Thomas from the UK, and more who are devoted to his cause.