Standard Chartered Bank yesterday donated Le 4,854,400 to the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) to support Sierra Leone’s participation in the National League 2007/2008 ACA-ICC Affiliate Africa World Cup Division II tournament.
The tournament is slated for Benoni, South Africa, on 13th -18th April 2008 and the 2nd North/West Africa tournament scheduled for Lagos, Nigeria, on 1st -11th April 2008.
Before making the donation the bank’s CEO, Albert Salton, said his institution was committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and was trusted in Sierra Leone for holding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environment protection and employee diversity.
The CEO said the bank, in sponsoring the Sierra Leone Cricket Association(SLCA), showed its strong commitment to its sustainability agenda, adding that “sports is a key area of focus on the bank’s sustainability agenda, taking into cognizance the Standard Chartered groups greatest race on earth(GROE).”
He noted that the global marathon that was launched in 2004 around the world had become a major sporting event through which funds were raised for the bank’s global initiatives such as ‘Seeing is Believing’ to support the eradication of avoidable blindness in the world.
Albert Salton mentioned that in Sierra Leone Standard Chartered Bank in 2004 organized the “Freetown Marathon” and that the proceeds were donated to Sight Savers International to carry out sight restoration operations in 2005.
The bank, he however went on, would not only focus on big sporting events but also sponsor lesser sports such as cricket which had received little or no public attention in Sierra Leone.
He stated that the Standard Chartered was proud to contribute to the development of cricket in Sierra Leone
Receiving the donation on behalf of the association the secretary general, Benka Coker, said the donation would go a long way to the association and thanked Standard Chartered for the donation which he said came at a critical time.
In another unrated development, the SLCA’s executive has named 13 players for the national assignment in Nigeria and South Africa. They who made it to the squad are Jacob Mansaray, Ibrahim Sesay, Mustapha Kallon, Lansana Lamina Bakarr Kamara, Mohamed Boys Kamara, Gabriel Anthony, Emmanuel Kamara,George Kpundeh, Lunseni Senesie,Mohamed Mansaray,Julius Brewah and Mohamed Dumbuya.
The team is expected to depart on Monday.