Mauritius’ consulting firm ABAX launches fundraising campaign to fight Ebola
Left to right: Thierry Adolphe, Head of Marketing & Communication, Abax Corporate Services; Daniel Berman, General Director, Doctors Without Borders, Southern Africa; Richard Arlove, CEO, Abax Corporate Services and Lekha Seebaluck, Managing Director, Blast Communications at the launch of a fundraising campaign to fight the Ebola epidemic (Image: Company)
Mauritius-based management consulting firm Abax Corporate Services (ABAX) has launched the campaign titled ‘Kass Konté Ebola’ on Friday, November 21, 2014, in order to raise funds in favour of world-renowned charity, Doctors Without Borders, to help fight against the Ebola epidemic.
The General Director of international non-governmental organisation, Doctors Without Borders, Daniel Berman, was present during the launch of the campaign, which started on Saturday November 22, 2014, and will last until December 31, 2014.
By adopting the slogan ‘Kass Konté Ebola’ for this campaign, ABAX wants to send out a strong message to Mauritians as access to substantial financial resources is very important in a campaign of this scale.
According to Fayaaz Lallmahomed of The Jupiter Drawing Room, Mauritius, “This slogan in Creole uses an expression known by all Mauritians, and has a double meaning.”
“It means that we are here to help the medical team presents in the infected regions, to stop the propagation of the epidemic, and at the same time, that money counts in order to fight Ebola,” he highlighted.
According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, more than 15 000 people have been infected with the virus in Africa to date, and more than 6,122 people have been supported by Doctors Without Borders, including 3500 confirmed cases and over 1400 survivors.
Against this backdrop, Richard Arlove, CEO of ABAX, explains why his company undertook this initiative.
“On the socio-economic and political front, Mauritius has strong links with Africa and we should always remember that we are part of the continent. Besides, ABAX has been working for many years with various African countries. Today, West Africa is facing an unprecedented epidemic, the deadliest since the discovery of Ebola in 1976 and which qualifies as a global epidemic. It is therefore important for us to stand together and for Mauritians to make our contribution towards stopping the spread of this deadly virus,” he noted.
“As a Mauritian company working in Africa, we have a duty to contribute when the continent needs us. Even if the necessary steps to protect our borders have been taken by Mauritian authorities, the fact is that people in affected countries are still suffering and need our help. It is therefore essential to be associated with this cause in order to control the spread of this epidemic,” he concluded.
Abax accordingly invites Mauritians to donate generously through the various means deployed for fundraising.
Mauritians can contribute Rs 10 by sending ‘ Ebola’ by SMS using EMTEL or Orange on 8311.
Contribution is also possible by bank transfer: for the Mauritius Commercial Bank it can be done on 000443147728, Barclays on 142036045 and SBM on 62030100191613.
Cheques are also acceptable, and these can be issued to THE ABAX UNITED AGAINST EBOLA TRUST to Kass Konté Ebola, c/o Abax Corporate Services, 6th Floor, 1 CyberCity, Ebene.
Finally, volunteers provided with money boxes will also be posted in several places throughout the island during this campaign.
The funds, collected as a sign of solidarity by Mauritians for the cause, will help Doctors Without Borders to assist people affected by the epidemic, and more particularly, to enable the management of six Ebola Case Management Centres situated in the three most affected countries.
“Based on our experience on the ground, we have noted that Ebola is unpredictable and that this epidemic requires a fast intervention in affected households,” Daniel Berman said.
“Our capacity to give rapid medical care in case of emergency is coming true, thanks to the support of the private donors and individuals worldwide,” he added.
Finally, several private companies have joined ABAX’s initiative by bringing material and logistics support to the aid of the project, and by inviting their employees and customers to contribute to this cause.
About Doctors Without Borders:
Doctors Without Borders is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation working to bring emergency medical care to people caught in conflict, crises and disasters in more than 70 countries around the world.
Abax is an international provider of corporate management and advisory services. It focuses on delivering business solutions to multinationals and private equity funds investing in Africa and Asia.
Headquartered in Mauritius, it also operates in Australia, Cyprus, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates.
Additionally, through its international network of partners, it provides services in many other financial centres and markets.
Under the impetus of a growing international clientele, it has expanded its offerings from corporate and fund administration to a wider spectrum of services linked to technology, outsourcing, private wealth management and corporate finance advisory, amongst others.