EAF, Ethiopian Athletes & Coaches to contribute 20 million birr for Grand Millennium Renaissance Dam construction

Addis Ababa– The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) and 80 of the country’s top athletes and coaches have announced that they will contribute 20 million birr (US$1.186 million) for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project during a press conference held at the Addis Ababa Stadium today, reported Ethiopian Radio & Television (ERTA).

The report indicates that the contribution includes 5 million birr (US$296,537) in cash and 15 million birr (US$889,610) in pledges to buy bonds.

Some of the athletes who were present during the stadium press conference include Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Meseret Defar, Tirunesh Dibaba, Sileshi Sihine and Gebre-Egziabher Gebremariam.

Partial list of athletes who pledged today:

1. Haile Gebrselassie: 2,000,000 Birr

(500,000 in cash plus 1,500,000 in bond purchase)

 

2. Kenenisa Bekele: 1,500,000 Birr

(500,000 in cash plus 1,000,000 in bond purchase)

 

3. Sileshi Sihine & Tirunesh Dibaba: 1,500,000 Birr

(500,000 in cash plus 1,000,000 in bond purchase)

 

4. Meseret Defar: 1,000,000 Birr

(250,000 in cash plus    750,000 in bond purchase)

 

5. Gebregziabher Gebremariam & Werknesh Kidane: 850,000 Birr

(350,000 Birr in cash plus 500,000 in bond purchase)

 

6. Tariku Bekele: 400,000 Birr

(100,000 in cash plus 300,000 in bond purchase)

 

7. Tsegaye Kebede: 400,000 Birr

(100,000 in cash plus 300,000 in bond purchase)

 

The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) also announced that it will make a 3,000,000 birr contribution, with 1,000,000 in cash and 2,000,000 in pledge to buy bonds.

 

Watch the video (Amharic language)

Ethiopian Sport – Ethiopian Athletic Federation & Athlete in Support of Grand Millennium Dam Project


 

 

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