PRESS RELEASE – Through the kind offices of Volunteer Saint Lucia, a caring corporate citizen has come to the aid of families affected by a recent fire in the southern town of Vieux Fort.
The families were presented with bags of groceries at a brief ceremony on Thursday, August 6, 2015.
On July 26, 2015, the blaze destroyed five houses and partially damaged a sixth in the Westall Group community, better known as the Mangue, leaving several families displaced. Volunteer Saint Lucia, the National Volunteer Coordination Organisation in the Office of the Prime Minister, has been working with the victims to help restore some sense of normalcy.
Thursday’s presentation ceremony was held at the recently reopened Super J Supermarket on New Dock Road. On behalf of the management and staff of Consolidated Foods Limited, Volunteer Saint Lucia coordinator Cyril Saltibus and Super J New Dock Road store manager Lea St Clair handed over bags of groceries to each recipient, responding to an appeal by Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort South and Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.
According to representatives of the families, the groceries will go a long way, as they are all staying with friends and family. But Anya Edwin, secretary to the National Volunteer Coordination Organisation, says there is still a great need for the local private sector and the remainder of the citizenry to provide further support for the persons affected by the fire.
Said Ms. Edwin, “First of all, I would like to thank Super J and Consolidated Foods Limited for being the first business house to come out and support the fire victims in their relief process. I also make a special appeal to those other persons in the business community and Saint Lucia at large to donate whatever items they have that they can to help the victims get back on their feet.”
To assist the relief efforts, you are encouraged to contact Volunteer Saint Lucia via telephone 484-3244 or 468-2125, or email [email protected]