By Minkailu Turay……….
Money Gram, the quickest money transfer service in Sierra Leone past Wednesday donated a huge consignment of food items to the King George VI Home of the Aged at Grafton, on the outskirt of Freetown. The items include 10 bags of rice, 10 bags of onions, 10 (five-gallon) containers of oil, assorted milk, sugar, coffee etc.
Making the presentation on behalf of Money Gram, the Deputy Director of Premier Media, Desmond Finny noted that the activity of Money Gram in Sierra Leone is coordinated by Premier Media. He expressed condolence for the death of one of the occupants at the Home, Mrs. Gloria Jackson, 87 whose sad event took place on Friday 8th August 2014.
Mr. Finny stated that Money Gram comprises five institutions which he said have branches all over the country. These institutions include the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB), Afro International, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Key Stone Bank (formerly Bank PHB) and the Rokel Commercial Bank.
The Premier Media Boss noted that the institutions have decided to come together to help the home every year. He explained that usually the donation comes during the Month of Ramadan but added that they have still come to fulfill that promise especially as the Ebola virus has taken a huge toll on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
In his statement, a representative of Afro International, the largest Money Gram Institution in the country, Beresford Williams said they were at the home to fulfill their yearly promise to the old people. He said Afro International has eight branches at Waterloo, Lumley, Bye Pass Road and encouraged the old people to tell their relatives abroad to send money through Money Gram.etc.
Other speakers at the ceremony included Habib Conteh from SLCB, Tenneh Rose Sesay from GTB and Key Stone Bank’s Kelvin Terry who made brilliant contributions.
The Treasurer of the Home, Madam Hannah Deen expressed appreciation and gratitude to Money Gram for their usual assistance. She noted that apart from the food shortage at the home, they also encounter other challenges including staff salary.
Madam Hannah appealed to other organizations to emulate the good work of Money Gram. The vote of thanks was delivered by one of the beneficiaries at the home, Mr. Vivian Dilworth.
By Minkailu Turay……….