Bamako, Mali — 30 April 2012 – Humanitarian funds raised by Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow’s trans-African motorcycle safari in 2010 have been used to make a food donation to people in the north of Mali, which has been afflicted by an uprising by Touareg rebels. The ‘Nos vies en partage’ trip was sponsored by Randgold and its service providers and suppliers.
Representing the fund, Randgold has handed over 40t of rice and 20t of millet to the Red Cross here for distribution in the affected areas. In terms of an agreement between the Red Cross and the rebels, a corridor to the north has been established for the safe passage of humanitarian aid.
Bristow said that in Africa, the people who were least visible were often the ones who suffered most from war and other upheavals. There was real hardship in the north, and as part of the Malian community, Randgold felt an obligation to help relieve it, even though its operations in the country were far from the afflicted area.
Randgold operates the Loulo and Gounkoto gold mines in south western Mali, as well as the Morila joint venture 280km south east of the country’s capital Bamako.
The donation comes two days after Mali’s new government took office following the restoration of constitutional order. Bristow said the rapid consensus which had been reached about a restoration of civilian government had confirmed Randgold’s confidence in the essential stability of Mali’s institutions and the political maturity of its people.
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