It was all cheers on Friday night when BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company pledged US$70.000 to help support effort of the mobilization campaign for the participation of the national soccer teams in the elimination phases of the African Cup and the Olympic Games.
The disclosure was made by Mr. Rob Heinrich, project officer of the company in Liberia on Friday at the Monrovia City Hall. He said the company was happy to be part of such a national program.
“We are very happy to have the opportunity to sponsor the upcoming match between the Lone Star and Zimbabwe and we look forward to their success,” Rob noted. “We wish the team all the best of luck as they move on.”
He commended the mobilization committee for initiating such a great event, adding, BHP Billiton wishes the best against Zimbabwe as well as the full competition of the African Cup of Nations.
The Lone Star Mobilization Committee (LSMC), was set up to help seek funding for the upcoming games between Liberia and its counterparts in the African cup of Nations.
Some of the contributors were Mr. Binyan Kessely, Commissioner, Bureau of Maritime Affairs, Mr. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, US$10,000 (Ten thousand United States dollars respectively).
There were others who also made similar pledges, while other companies such as Arcelor Mittal said it would contribute later. For China Union, a representative at the event did not make any commitment but said; his company was already investing in Liberia wish Liberia in its endeavor.
Ambassador Dew Tuan-Wleh Mayson, Chairman of the Mobilization committee said was impressed with the large turn up and look forward to those who made pledges to live up to fulfill them.
The Committee has a budget of US$2M. The committee itself has pledged US$200,000(Two hundred thousand US dollars). He added, “We have a task on hand and we have to do all we can to succeed.”
“Our task is within four weeks our national team will begin preparation for participation in the 2012 African Cup of Nations competitions,” Chairman Mayson said.
There were other guests who made various contributions in their private capacities.
Some of them were Mr. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC)US$10,000, Mr. Binyan Kesseley, Director of Liberia Maritime Bureau, US$10,000 among others.
Also speaking at the event was a representative of China Union Mr. Ken shen who said his company had an investment already in the country and was happy to be a part of the invited guests. “We wish the team all the best”, he said.
It was announced by the master of ceremony that Arcelor Mittal, would make a donation later. Mr. Mayson said the committee wants to restore to Liberia the former title the country once had in the soccer arena.