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Orange Cameroon new major sponsor of the Race of Hope

The mobile phone operator announces an increase in the kitty from 10 to 15,000,000 fcfa.

The stage is almost set for the 2023 edition of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope as preparations have hit crescendo in Buea, chief town of the South West Region and bed of the Fako Mountain.

Officials of the South West regional league of athletism were yesterday Wednesday February One granted audience by the paramount ruler of Buea HRM Chief Robert Esuka Endeley in his Royal Palace as part of preparations for the 28th edition of the race of hope.

The team led by the president of the South West regional league of athletism, the Secretary General of the league as well as the official sponsor of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope Orange Cameroon converged on the Royal Palace of Fako with an agenda to discuss and lay the framework and guidelines for this year’s race which has been set for February 25.

During the thirty minute brainstorm, it was announced that Orange Cameroon will sponsor the race of hope for the next two years and the total cash price to be won will increase from 10,000,000 fcfa franc to 15,000,000 fcfa franc. In addition, the new partners of the race also promised to solve the long standing problem of press kits and mismatch of names of athlets and numbers in the press kits. The new sponsors added that, they’re expecting over 600 athletes from 13 different countries including Cameroon.

In terms of culture, Orange Cameroon said that the race will begin with cultural activities from the 20th of February and this year will witness another innovation in that, there’ll be a runway to crown a Miss Mount Cameroon.

HRM Chief Robert Esuka Endeley for his part, thanked the new sponsors as he welcomed them into his palace and reminded them that the doors of his palace are always opened for them. He noted that, the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope is like a second Christmas to the people of Fako and expressed optimistism in the coming of the new sponsors while regretting that over the last few years the race has witnessed a decline in terms of mobilisation and grandeur. His earnest hope he says is that, the new partners should help valorise the race.

Worthy of note is that fact that, Orange Cameroon through the Orange Foundation has promised to paint dig boreholes in Buea and this according to them is part of their corporate social responsibility.

Rene Isah

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