Team Martin Bangura on Wednesday 19th August 2020 provided relief support to members of the athletics family to relieve the pressure COVID-19 has had on them. The support, which included 100 bags of 25kg rice and 50 gallons of vegetable cooking oil, was shared between clubs and officials of the Sierra Leone Athletic Association (SLAA), including 65 bags and oil for the Western Area and 35bags and oils for the Provinces.
In his presentation, SLAA presidential aspirant Martin Bangura said, “Team Martin Bangura is a team composed of people that are dedicated to the athletes, people that are honest and people that are sincere and are prepared to serve. Being here today reminds me about my own days in athletics when we were faced with difficulties and had nobody to run to. But today I think you have an opportunity because most of us who are veterans have decided to come on board and help to salvage the situation in athletics. We are here because we believe it’s high time for us to move our sport, the sport we so dearly love, to the level that it has always been in the past. If you look at athletics today you will agree with me that so many things are going wrong.”
He added: “We are here to answer to a few questions. The question asked was what athletes are doing for athletics. So we’ve now come as veterans and well-wishers of athletics to answer to these calls. We expect nothing but the cooperation of all. There is no need to fight; all we need from each and every one, fan or lover of athletics, is to come on board so that we can move athletics forward.”
“We are here today to present the donation which concept came from Team Martin Bangura. We sat as a team and decided to work with government’s priority, as we all know that we are under an emergency situation now. We started first of all with face masks which we distributed all over the country and later on we solicited funds for this event today.”
Bangura also 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 course.