The Group of 77 Disabled Home and the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) on Monday, December 17, 2012, benefited from the donation of an assortment of relief items.
Both Group of 77 and NCD are organizations dedicated to the support of the disabled community in Liberia.
The relief items were donated by the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation (LNLC) in co-partnership with the Mercury Liberia.
Among other things, the LNLC is to supplement the Government of Liberia's efforts in raising funds to support charitable and social services activities, such as and not limited to disabled, but public welfare institutions, educational, cultural and scientific organizations, while Mercury Liberia is the owner of the Premier Company in the country.
The items donated separately at the two disabled organizations included: 75 bags of 25KG rice, nine cartoons of biscuits, nine cartoons of Avena oil, three cartoons of bath soap, four cartoons of washing soap and five cartoons of Tinap/Mackerel. The others were: four bags of salt, one cartoon of Maggi cube, four cartoons of sardines, one cartoon of candy and four bags of onion.
Speaking during the donation, the Executive Director of LNLC, Mr. Martin S. Kollie, said the gesture was in fulfillment of one of LNLC statutory mandates through partnership with Mercury Liberia.
He said the initiative is aimed at supplementing government's effort in supporting disabled organizations and individuals in the country.
"The Government of Liberia (GOL) in partnership with Mercury Liberia has come to celebrate with you during this festive season. It is our institutions own way of identifying with you during this Christmas and New Year season," said Mr. Kollie.
He assured the LNLC's unflinching support to the disabled organizations and individuals in the country.
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mercury Liberia, Mr. Richard Kean, said his company is proud to identify with the needy of Liberia, especially during this festive season.
He said Mercury Liberia takes giving back to the Liberian society very seriously.
Receiving the donated items on behalf of the Group of 77, the Program Officer of the organization, Rev. Constance T. Kennedy, extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the LNLC and Mercury Liberia for the gesture.
She said the items received will be shared to its sub branches across the country so that other disabled people also benefit from the donation.
"We want to say a very big thank you to the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation and Mercury Liberia for identifying with us in this time of our needs," Rev. Kennedy said.
For her part, the Executive Director of NCD, Madam Ricardia Badio Dennis, lauded both LNLC and Mercury for the donation.
She said the donation came at a time when the commission is need of help.
"We have sought help from all over. We have written several charitable organizations for relief. This is why we are so grateful to you for your donation. It was a timely intervention," she added.