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Gambia volunteers donate sports materials to GAA, BBA

Dec 10, 2015, 10:30 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Volunteers Trust, organisers of the Bajana International Marathon and partners on Tuesday 8 December 2015 through athlete Lamin Sanneh donated sports materials to the Gambia Athletics Association (GAA) and Brikama Basketball Association (GBA) at a presentation ceremony held at Serrekunda West Mini Stadium.

In presenting the materials to the beneficiaries, Modou Lamin Jatta, Vice Chairman of Gambia Volunteers Trust, said they are not only into organising marathons but also in supporting the education of the youth, health and other areas.

Jatta, who is also the Bajana International Marathon Run coordinator, said the event will take place on 26 March 2015.

He added that registration for the marathon has opened, and athletes will compete in 5km, 10km and 21km categories.

Widely referred to as O1, Jatta called on athletes, embassies, institutions to come forward for registration or sponsor athletes to run in their names as they will not allow late registrations.

He stated that the reason for increasing the distance of the run to 21km is to enable Gambian athletes to easily register for international competitions.

He pointed out that one of the reasons for organising the marathon is to help athletes shy away from drugs and other illegal activities.

Lamin Danso, secretary general of Gambia Volunteers Trust, said they have been empowering youth over the years, adding that helping to empower youth means developing the nation.

Gambia’s long distance runner Lamin Sanneh said it is good to have people supporting them and therefore thanked the donors.

He said his wish is to always have Gambian athletes running by his side when he is representing the country internationally.

He urged his fellow runners to join Gambia volunteers to volunteer and run, saying someday something good will come for them.

Fatou Bojang, Marketing Officer of Gambia Volunteers Trust, also spoke at the presentation.