POSTED: December 18th 2014

International Paralympic Committee backs WOA to support the #TargetEbola campaign

IPC chief Sir Phillip Craven urges everyone to get behind the Target Ebola awareness campaign / WOA
IPC chief Sir Phillip Craven urges everyone to get behind the Target Ebola awareness campaign / WOA

CHAD MARINO / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has pledged its support of the online social media campaign #TargetEbola which is headed by the World Olympians Association (WOA). Their goal is to raise awareness and funds in the effort to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

The #TargetEbola campaign was started up in October of 2014 when two-time Sierra Leone Olympian Francis Dove Edwin pleaded to the WOA for something to be done about the outbreak of the virus. Since then the WOA has teamed up with international aid organization, Oxfam, and US humanitarian NGO, Medisend International, to deliver much needed supplies to West Africa.

The support of the IPC is a significant boost to the #TargetEbola campaign. The IPC joins a growing list of pristine sporting bodies including World Rugby, the International Golf Federation, SportAccord, Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne [UIPM], and sports business platform iSportConnect. In addition a number of high profile Olympians such as Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Claudia Bokel, Hicham el Guerrouj and more have used their platform to promote the #TargetEbola campaign.

Sir Phillip Craven, President of the IPC said, “The IPC recognises the devastating nature of this terrible disease and as an organization we are keen to do everything we can to help those affected. One of the aims of the Paralympic Movement is to build a bridge linking sport and social awareness and this extends to issues such as the Ebola crisis.

“In many ways the Paralympic values of courage, determination and inspiration are present in the healthcare workers and volunteers putting themselves at risk trying to fight the virus in West Africa. We are proud to unite with the WOA against Ebola and we urge everyone in the Paralympic community and the wider sporting world to get behind #TargetEbola.”

Recent figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show the disease is still rampant. The death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone stands at 6,388, while the number of those infected with the virus is close to 18,000. Authorities do admit that these figures aren’t completely accurate due to under-reporting of illness and death caused by Ebola.  

“The continued suffering by those affected by Ebola highlights why the #TargetEbola campaign is so important,” Joël Bouzou, WOA President said. “Our goal is to mobilise the international sporting community and draw attention to how the public around the world can raise awareness and essential funds for the people who need it most.

“I would like to thank Sir Phillip Craven and the IPC for their support and I believe that by working collaboratively with other sporting bodies we can make a real difference.”

Keywords · IPC · Paralympics · Ebola · World Olympians Association

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