French Business Club Donates US$80k to Red Cross

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French business merchants or companies operating in Liberia, under the banner French Business Club (FBC), have made a huge donation to the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS). The donation includes US$80,000 and a brand new Renault car.

The president of FBC, Jean Michel Macia, at the presentation ceremony held Thursday, September 25, at the French Embassy in Monrovia said the donation was their way of helping to boost the efforts of the LNRCS, which is one of the most important entities on the frontline of the fight against the virus.

“We believe that this is the key contribution we can make and the best way for our companies to help the country and the population. But we see that to fight Ebola more must be done.

He said the LNRCS was selected as the beneficiary of the FBC’s donation because it is proving its competence every day in the field. “This contribution, we believe, will enable the Red Cross to continue to battle against the virus,” the FBC boss said.

“Their actions also help our organizations and our employees. Consequently the FBC is pleased to donate one vehicle and commit US$80,000 to the national society,” he added.

Mr. Macia also stated that the donation marks the beginning of a strong partnership between FBC and the LNRCS.

The French business executive indicated that since the outbreak of the terrible epidemic all these companies of the FBC have reinforced their commitment to stay and to continue their economic activities despite growing number of difficulties and hurdles.

“We want to be part of the economic life of Liberia during the good times but we must also be present during the difficulties. To be present, to stay in the country, to maintain the jobs of our employees, to maintain their revenues and to keep investing are our prime targets,” he said.

In quoting former Ivoirian President Felix Houphouet Boigny, Mr. Macia said: “Peace is not a word, it is comportment” and in his own words: “I say to you today solidarity is not a word, it is comportment.”

The Liberia National Red Cross Society, tasked with the responsibility of dead body management by the National Task Force on Ebola, has for some time complained of lack of adequate support from central government and partners in carrying out its mandate.

Speaking at the donation ceremony, the president of the LNRCS, Emmanuel Kparh, said the donation is a boost to the Red Cross and will make a great impact in the fight against Ebola.

He lauded the French club for recognizing the works of the Red Cross over the years and said the donation is in recognition of the sacrificial works that the LNRCS continues to render to less fortunate Liberians.

French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, said the contribution of the French businesses in Liberia is a sign of strong commitment to countries that are affected by the virus.

He said French people won’t remain insensitive to the plight of Liberians as the virus rages on.

The donation ceremony was graced by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore and other officials of government.

FBC was founded in 2013 under the umbrella of the French Embassy in Liberia. It has brought together the key representatives of the French Group operating in Liberia.

Members companies of FBC include, AGS FRAZER-a packing and removal company, BIVAC/VERITAS-control and expertise, CICA Motors Liberia (FCAO GROUP) Toyota and Yamaha representative, DELMAS (CMA-CGM Group, the third biggest ship owner in the world and ELIAS ANTOUNE Motors (Renault representative), distributor of trucks and cars.

Others include, Liberia Equipment (representative of Ja Delmas Bordeaux), sole authorize dealer of caterpillar, Salala Rubber Corporation (SOCFINGroup) rubber plantation in Margibi County, TOTAL-oil marketing company, UMARCO (BOLLORE GROUP) clearing and forwarding shipping agent and logistics sector.

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