More support for Rock Gutter tragedy families
June 5, 2015
More support for Rock Gutter tragedy families

Six months after the tragic accident at Rock Gutter, Owia in which seven lives were lost, members of the public are still expressing support to the families of the deceased children in tangible ways.

This week, the Vincentian-American Independent National Charities Inc (VINCI), {{more}}a New York based organization, made financial contributions to the six families.

Wynette Samuel-Stewart presented the donations, on behalf of the VINCI organization to the six mothers of the children who died.

“The VINCI organization sympathizes with you on the loss of your loved ones,” Samuel-Stewart said, at the short ceremony which took place on Wednesday at the Ministry of Transport and Works conference room.

She explained that VINCI is a not-for-profit organization that is based in New York and has been in existence for 35 years.

Additionally, Samuel-Stewart noted that the group’s mission is to help those in need and that funds raised for donation were through a joint effort with a Vincentian owned business, LATT’s Barber Shop.

On behalf of the six parents, Nelcia Stay expressed gratitude to VINCI for their donation.

“We weren’t expecting anything and we promise that we will put it to good use. Thanks for the show of sympathy with us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Stay said.

On January 12, 2015, a minibus travelling from Fancy with 21 passengers, who were mostly students on their way to school, careened off the road at Rock Gutter in Owia and plummeted into the sea.

This tragic accident claimed the lives of brothers Jamalie and Jamall Edwards, Racquel Ashton, Glenroy Michael, Chantasia Stay, Simonique Ballantyne and Anique Alexander. (BK)