The Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) in a short but impressive symbolic ceremony at the bank presented a trophy and a medal they won in the ACA-ICC affiliate Africa World Cup division two tournaments in Benoni, South Africa.
And the second North/West Africa tournament in Lagos Nigeria respectively both events took place in April 2008.
It will be recalled that Standard Chartered Bank sponsored the Association participation in the tournament.
After the presentation the CEO Albert Saltson in his statement commented that the bank is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and trusted in Sierra Leone for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environment protection and employee diversity.
Standard Chartered he maintained, lives its value in their approach to business in Sierra Leone managing its people, out-serving its customers and communities and working closely with the regulator and government to ensure they are the Right Partner.
The CEO said for the bank to sponsor the association in two major competitions in South Africa and Nigeria respectively is a clear manifestation of the strong commitment to their sustainability agenda, which has won Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone – Banking Excellence awards from the prestigious Banker Award of the financial times in London, for four years consecutively 2004-2007.
The CEO highlighted the fact that sport is a key area of focus on the bank sustainability agenda taking into cognizance the Standard Chartered Groups Greatest Race on Earth (GROE) global marathon that was launched in 2004 around the world, which has become a major sporting event in the world.
Through this sporting event, funds are raised for the bank’s global initiatives such as “Seeing is Believing” to support the eradication of avoidable blindness in the world and it’s “Living with HIV” programme which aims to educate one million people on HIV in the world, by 2010.
In Sierra Leone he maintained that Standard Chartered Bank in 2004 organized the Freetown Marathon and proceeds were donated to Sight Saver International to carry out sight restoration operations in 2005 a total of 1,600 sight restoration operations were successfully performed in the country.
The Bank he went on will not only focus on big sporting events they will also sponsor lesser known sports as cricket which has received little or no public attention in Sierra Leone.
He also mentioned that this the bank believes will enhance capacity and encourage budding talents in the cricket sport and through that bring laurels to Sierra Leone and said that they are proud to contribute to the development of Cricket in Sierra Leone.
He mentioned that Standard Chartered is making the difference in the Sierra Leone community.
The Secretary General of the association Benka Coker thanked Standard Chartered Bank for their support given to the association