PRESS RELEASE – In the spirit of Christmas, the Minister for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture & Local Government the Honourable Lenard Spider Montoute welcomed a donation of children’s toys from the Taiwanese Embassy.
The toys were presented to Minister Montoute by His Excellency Ray Mou, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at a brief handing over ceremony at the Prime Minister’s official residence on Monday December 12, 2016.
A non-profit organization in New Jersey of the United States of America known as Care 2 Help are the philanthropists behind this gesture.
“It’s my great pleasure and honour to present these toys provided by Care 2 Help Charitable Organization to the Government of Saint Lucia. Care 2 Help has been shipping toys to the children of Saint Lucia since 2011;” remarked Ambassador Mou. “It is my sincere hope that this meaningful activity will bring all of us a happy Christmas season and will further strengthen the relationship between our two countries.”
The ambassador picked out a toy dear to his heart- a baseball set- and spoke of the possibility of using the sports of baseball and cricket as a basis of a developmental exchange for Saint Lucian and Taiwanese youth.
The gift boxes contained 1200 pieces of toys including stuffed toys, sports toys, dolls, and stationery.
Minister Montoute graciously accepted the gifts. “As Minister responsible for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, and on behalf of the children of Saint Lucia who will receive these toys, let me say a sincere Thank You to Care 2 Help through you, Ambassador. There are other agencies, like Women on a Mission who have also provided us with some toys this year. So we are grateful for these complementary partnerships that enable us to touch many lives across the island, especially during this season of sharing.”
The Ministry of Equity, through its Public Assistance Programme will identify families to receive these toys. There is also a longstanding collaboration with NGOs such as the Salvation Army to conduct the distribution of gifts to some of the most vulnerable children around the island.