July 3, 2015
Dr Onu assists Rock Gutter survivors, family

Survivors of the Rock Gutter tragedy, their family members and relatives of those who perished are once again on the receiving end of the kind generosity of others.

On Tuesday, ophthalmologist Ken Onu and some staff members journeyed to the village of Fancy to provide free services to those affected by the tragedy.{{more}}

The trained surgeon examined the eyes of more than 40 persons, young and old, making diagnoses and distributing free medication to those in need.

Persons who were referred to his clinic would also be given a free examination and glasses, if necessary. Following the free clinic, Onu, who is also a motivational speaker, spoke to the family members, encouraging and inspiring them. 

He added that he felt the need to give support to the individuals and promised that he would continue to be of assistance to them in whatever way he could.

Glenroy Michael Sr, the father of one of the children who died in the accident, gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the relatives and indicated that he came to St Vincent from Antigua just to be a part of the event to show his appreciation for the outpouring of generosity.

Other appreciative family members thanked Onu individually for his gesture and wished him well in his future endeavours.

On the morning of January 12 this year, a minivan transporting mostly schoolchildren ran off the road at Rock Gutter, Owia, plunging into the Atlantic Ocean and claiming the lives of seven students. The deceased are Rochelle Ashton, Jamalie Edwards, Jamal Edwards, Glenroy Michael, Anique Alexander, Chantacia Stay and Simonique Ballantyne.

The bodies of Ballantyne and Stay were never recovered from the raging ocean.