Econet donates to 47 athletes
ECONET Telcom Lesotho this week partnered with the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) to donate 47 food parcels to athletes to cushion them from the effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The donations, worth M10 100, were handed over to the beneficiaries at the LSRC’s new premises in Maseru West.
The 47 beneficiaries were drawn from the Special Olympic Lesotho, National Paralympic Committee of Lesotho, athletics, boxing, darts, weightlifting and traditional sports.
Econet public relations officer Puleng Masoabi said the donations were inspired by the knowledge that athletes were struggling to make ends meet.
“We have a good relationship with the LSRC and it was easy for us to come on board to assist the athletes when we received a request,” Masoabi said.
“This is not the end; we will continue helping the LSRC as well as other sporting federations during the pandemic. We are also pleading with other corporate to assist in the same manner.”
LSRC acting chief executive officer Teboho Malataliana said they were sourcing sponsorship to purchase food parcels for more athletes and have already approached several companies.
“We asked our members to present lists of athletes who are in need of assistance and we have over 500 people on the list. So far, we have assisted only 47.
“Out of the companies that we approached, Econet were the first to respond and we resolved to continue with what we had in hand while still awaiting other companies to respond,” Malataliana said.
The beneficiaries were not present at the hand over to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and the donations were received by representatives from their respective sporting codes.
On behalf the beneficiaries, Lesotho Boxing Association (LeBA) secretary general Lehlohonolo Snyman gave credit to the LSRC for the initiative.
“We are thankful to the LSRC and Econet for the donations… While the donations will not sustain the athletes for a long time, it is better than nothing,” Snyman said.
The director of sports in the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation Puisano Tšosane also said they were also planning to unveil assistance for sportspersons soon.