Twelve thousand medical grade face masks will be distributed to teachers and other persons across the country, all part of efforts to boost the protection of the nation from the coronavirus and to curtail its spread.
The Lions Clubs of Saint Lucia received the face masks last week which were donated by a philanthropist based in the United States of America. The facial coverings would serve as a safety measure for teachers and staff of schools, healthcare workers and vulnerable persons in Saint Lucia.
The masks were handed over to Lion Rocha Tobierre, Zone Chairperson by Mr. Zachary Frangos, General Manager of Coconut Bay Beach Resorts during a brief ceremony on February 4, 202.
Frangos expressed his pleasure to present the masks on behalf of the philanthropist, who was a guest at the resort. The donation was in honour of his friend, Mr. Edward D. Mc Clure, who spent his life, personally and professionally, demonstrating inclusion, understanding and bringing together people of all backgrounds to make for a richer, more just culture.
“The Lions and Leo Clubs of Saint Lucia are deeply appreciative of the very timely donation, which will help with the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread the COVID-19 virus in Saint Lucia.
The masks will be made available to schools across Saint Lucia and will be distributed by the Lions and Leo Clubs working in the communities,” Lion Rocha stated.
Lion Rocha thanked the Lions Club of Massachusetts for the role it played in facilitating the connection between the clubs in Saint Lucia and the philanthropist. She also acknowledged the staff of Coconut Bay Beach Resort who facilitated the handover and Jet-Blue Boston, for shipping the boxes of masks at no cost to the clubs.
The Lions and Leo Clubs in Saint Lucia are committed to doing their part to help the communities stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are five Lions Clubs and three Leo Clubs serving communities across the length and breadth of the island. Lions and Leos uphold the motto “We Serve” and undertake a range of humanitarian activities within their communities.