BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resource mining company and title sponsor of Liberia’s first marathon, is enthusiastic about Sunday’s races and hopes large crowds will be out to cheer on the participants.
The marathon, which finishes with a ceremony at the SKD sports complex in Paynesville at 12pm this Sunday, August 28th, is expected to bring over one thousand participants both from Liberia and outside of the country. The company’s senior communications advisor, Deirdra McCracken, said the company was extremely pleased to be the title sponsor of the marathon in Liberia.
“BHP Billiton is committed to building healthy partnerships in Liberia, and we saw the Marathon as the ideal healthy partnership for BHP Billiton – a chance to work with the City of Monrovia, the Government of Liberia, the various partners involved and the talented people on the organizing committee who approached us some time ago about sponsorship,” she said.
In addition to that, some BHP Billiton staff will be taking part in the event.
“We have 25 of our employees registered to run – including the CEO of BHP Billiton Liberia – and we have a number of our employees who will be volunteering their time and cheering on their colleagues.”
She said BHP Billiton has also sponsored two runners from each of the company’s four concession areas. The company is bringing them to Monrovia to participate in the 10km “Run for Liberia”, which BHP Billiton hopes will be a great and fun experience for them.
BHP Billiton signed a 25- year concession agreement with the Government of Liberia last year for four iron ore exploration license areas. Since beginning its exploration activities in Liberia in 2005, it has worked to contribute to its host communities and the country as a whole.
“We want our work in Liberia to be beneficial to the people of Liberia, which is why we created our Healthy Partnerships program. Through partnerships with our host communities and their leadership, the Counties, the Government of Liberia, NGOs and other private sector companies, we have been able to respond to community needs. To date, we have sponsored over 100 projects across the country in the areas of health, education, sport and capacity building,” she told reporters this week.