Over 200 volunteers, who worked to ensure the success of the 2015 Liberia Marathon held on November 8, will on this Saturday be honored for their “immeasurable contributions” by the organizers.
The Volunteers Appreciation Event is expected to bring together volunteers, partners and friends of the Liberia Marathon.
According to Ms. Eunice Dahn, the program will be held at the San Zokie Beach on 19th Street at 4:00p.m. She stated that 56 of the over 200 volunteers, comprising of Liberians and foreign residents, would be certificated as outstanding volunteers.
“These are mostly volunteers who have worked with the Liberia Marathon since 2014. As volunteers, their commitment, sacrifice and dedication to the marathon cannot be overemphasized. These hard working men and women made the 2015 Liberia Marathon possible,” Ms. Dahn said.
“This is our way to thank the volunteers, because we don’t have money to pay them for their services. We have regular volunteers, stewards, medical volunteers, as well as volunteers from the Armed Forces of Liberia, the
Liberia National Police, the Liberia Red Cross amongst others, who worked together to make history.”
Accordingly, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders who have continued to contribute to the success of the marathon each year will be in attendance. Volunteers will also be able to share their experiences and a special motivational statement will be made by Mr. Daniel Dean, Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Commerce, and long time Liberia Marathon volunteer.
Over 2,000 runners participated in the 2015 Liberia Marathon, under the theme, ‘A New Beginning’. Originally slated to take place in August 2014, the race was postponed that year due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. The Liberia Marathon intended to be an annual event, was staged only twice before then – in 2011 and 2013. The marathon is the only long distance road race in Liberia and it is organized almost entirely by local and international volunteers. This event fosters the spirit of volunteerism, and showing appreciation for the wonderful work carried out by the volunteers cannot be over-emphasized, Ms. Dahn said.