POSTED: January 30th 2015

World Olympians Association: #TargetEbola makes a major step forward

(Center) Two-time Olympian and member of the Sierra Leone Ebola Presidential Task Force, Francis Dove Edwin, presents the supplies to the aid workers / WOA
(Center) Two-time Olympian and member of the Sierra Leone Ebola Presidential Task Force, Francis Dove Edwin, presents the supplies to the aid workers / WOA

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A major step forward was taken this week by the World Olympians Association's (WOA) #TargetEbola campaign. The first of two containers full of protective equipment and medical supplies were distributed in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

These essential supplies were sent in conjunction with Medisend International, a partner of WOA #TargetEbola. The supplies were presented by two-time Olympian and member of the Sierra Leone Ebola Presidential Task Force, Francis Dove Edwin to the front line aid workers and staff.

Volunteers distributed the shipment containing gloves, masks, thermometers and other vital equipment all aimed at preventing the transmission of the disease further. All of this will aid in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola, throughout the region. Mabala Community Hospital, which serves about 12,000 to 15,000 people in northern Sierra Leone has been one of the worst hit areas in the region, received part of the supplies. While the rest of the supplies went to the Kroo Bay Community Hospital in Freetown.

In addition, the new Connaught Community Hospital, also located in Freetown, will receive the third shipment containing new mattresses. The Hospital has been set up to deal with the capital's massive volume of Ebola sufferers.

A new milestone has been marked with this successful delivery for the #TargetEbola campaign, which was launched in October by the WOA in collaboration with Oxfam and Medisend International. The campaign's goal is to raise awareness and money to aid in the fight against Ebola in West Africa's hardest hit areas.

"To see the hard work of so many who have supported #TargetEbola come to fruition in this real and meaningful way is very rewarding and it is to the credit of Olympians, the wider sporting community around the world and the general public that the WOA has been able to deliver this shipment of vital supplies," stated WOA President, Joel Bouzou.

Bouzou went on to add, "We must acknowledge that this is only a drop in the ocean of what is needed to help fight this terrible disease and we must continue to work together to raise awareness, so that we can continue to provide aid to those in need and help save lives."

#TargetEbola has recieved support from many Olympians including Novak Djokovic, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Carl Lewis, Claudia Bokel, Usain Bolt, Koji Murofushi, Pernilla Wiberg, and Hicham el Guerrouj. That list continues to grow as more Olympians join the fight.

The campaign has also been backed by the International Golf Federation (IGF), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), World Rugby, Union Internationale de Pentathlone Moderne (UPIM), iSportConnect and SportAccord.

#TargetEbola is accepting donations all one has to do is visit: or text TARGET to 70066 (UK only).

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog:

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