Amadou Sowe wins Big Dreams memorial charity run

Amadou Sowe wins Big Dreams memorial charity run

By Cherno Omar Bobb

Amadou Sowe on Saturday 25th May 2024 emerged as winner of the 10 kilometres marathon run organised by Big Dreams Gambia in partnership with Big Dreams Inc in honour of ‘back-way’ victims.

Kaddy Mambureh finished second position while Soffiatou Sanneh took third position.

Amsdou received a cash price of D5,000 as winner. Kaddy and Soffiatou received D3,000 and D1,500 respectively.

Ousainou Janneh won the 5 kilometres run and was rewarded with a cash price of D3,000.

Bakary Jagne emerged second position while Ebrima Saine took third position. They received D1,500 and D1,000 respectively. All participants received a free T-Shirt.

The charity run held at the Bakau Community Park was organised to mourn love ones who tragically lost their lives trying to reach Europe through the ‘back-way’ in pursuit of a better life.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the run, Amdou Sowe expressed delight in winning the charity run and making his teammates proud in the process. According to him, they have been training together for some time, noting that he was confident of winning the charity run.

Kaddy Mambureh who finished second position in the 10 kilometres category said the reason behind her success is training. She thanked her mother, siblings, coach, teammates and fans for their support and motivation. She also thanked Big Dreams for organising the charity run in honour of ‘back-way’ victims. She stated that her dream is to represent The Gambia in more international marathons.

Ousainou Janneh, winner of the 5 kilometres run said he had no doubt that he would win and thanked his parents, coach, teammates and organisers of the charity run.

Arthur Jackson, secretary general of the Gambia Athletics Association (GAA) thanked Big Dreams for the initiative meant to raise critical funds for families who lost their love one on the ‘back-way’.

He congratulated everyone who participated in the run. He also thanked the community of Bakau who came out to support the initiative.

He described the event as a resounding success and commended organisers for the initiative.

Siaka M.B. Sonko, coordinator of the charity run thanked athletes who participated in making the run a success. He also congratulated winners and all others who participated. He went on to thank all those who supported the cause particularly the chief executive officer of Prime Properties, Pa Lamin Sawo and councillor Lamin Dibba.

Mr Sonko further thanked the Gambia Athletics Association, the Gambia Red Cross Society, the Gambia Police Force, volunteers and the community of Bakau for their efforts in contributing to the success of the run.

‘Back-way’ migration has become a national tragedy and it must be addressed, organisers say.

According to organisers: “Words cannot express the tremendous grief our nation has experienced over the tragedy of the past few months as a community and a nation, we are stunned.”

The non-profit organisation commended the heroic actions and courage of The Gambia Immigration officers and Navy of the neighboring countries such as Senegal and Mauritania for their help in intercepting some of the smugglers’ boats and ensuring victims’ safety.

COB/29/05/24

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