February 26, 2010
Red Cross receives more for Haiti

The earthquake which struck Haiti on January 12 remains on the minds of Vincentians.{{more}}

Earlier this week, the management and staff of the Agricultural Input Warehouse, along with a number of farmers, showed their support for the region’s first independent country, with a cash donations to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society.

On Wednesday February 24, accountant Patrice Joe handed over three cheques valued EC$3,136.14 to President of the SVG Red Cross Society Bernard Marksman for Haiti’s relief efforts.

Joe explained that funds in the amount of EC$1323.40 were raised by members of staff of the warehouse, which is located at Lower Bay Street.

This amount was matched to the tune of EC$1500 by management and members of the board.

The remaining EC$312.74 was donated by farmers who donated via a donation box at the warehouse.

Joe indicated that the warehouse intends to make more in the future in its efforts to assist the people of Haiti.

Marksman, in accepting the cheques, said that the donation to the Red Cross was greatly appreciated and would go a long way in aiding Haiti.

He indicated that to date, the society has received more that US$60,000 in cash which has already been handed over to headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Marksman said that the efforts of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been recognized by the organization’s head office, given that this country is ranked as one of the poorest countries in the region.

According to Marksman, the struggle to rebuild Haiti is far from over. He said that the tragedy as well as the reconstruction efforts will occupy the mind of Vincentians for a very long time.

The Red Cross boss also used the opportunity to appeal for volunteers to the local organization.