One of the leading mobile telecommunications companies in Sierra Leone, Celtel, has doled out $5,000 to the Milton Margai School for the Blind’s choir for a performance tour in the United Kingdom.
At a funding raising ceremony on Friday at the Family Kingdom, Aberdeen in Freetown, Celtel’s sales director Keith Tukei expressed delight being called upon to grace the occasion.
In his statement before the presentation of the cheque, Mr Tukei explained that the occasion fitted into the company’s ideology of “making life better not only for our customers but also the communities where we operate in.”
He maintained that, “We have had and continue having a long lasting friendship with the Milton Margai School for the Blind,” adding that, “when the Blind School came knocking at our door for sponsorship, it wasn’t difficult making a decision to lend a hand.”
The Celtel sales director assured the School that since they heavily depended on donations and sponsorships from well-wishers, “Celtel pledges to continue being a partner in lending a hand where possible.”
“Our doors will be always open to you,” he assured.
Celtel’s donation was followed by several well-wishers, including renowned businessman and philanthropist Sam King.
In an interview with the School’s board chairman Rev. Henry Samuels, he explained to Awoko that the essence of the tour was to commemorate 200 years of the abolition of slavery.
He said, “five officials and 25 pupils would leave on July 27 for the UK.”
Rev. Samuels said, “this is not the choir’s first trip to the UK…in 2003 they toured and performed in 16 major concerts which ended up with a huge event at Westminster Abbey in the UK”.
The funding raising ceremony was climaxed with soul searching and reminiscing Creole folksongs.