Last Week Was a Week of Giving on Montserrat

School supplies donated to the Brades Primary School. (BPS Photo)

The community of Montserrat both here and in the Diaspora showed their generosity last week with donations to local organisations.

Early in the week Elizabeth Piper Wade presented donations to Harjinder Jutle, President of Montserrat Association for Persons with Disabilities (MAPD) and Sasha Farrell representing the Cudjoe Head Girl Guides. The contributions of $1000 each were provided by the Ontario Canada based Montserrat Fund, a charitable body operated by John Sweeney.

Kevin ‘Showtime’ Lee donated school supplies to the Brades Primary School. As did James T. Allen of Boston. School officials said the supplies “will be put to good use to enhance the teaching and learning process for both teachers and students.”

The Montserrat Port Authority and Montserrat Social Security Fund responded to a request from the Director of Montserrat Red Cross Glen Francis to donate tents to assist the work of the organisation.

On Thursday, the Montserrat Port Authority handed over their tent to Francis. Managing Director of the MPA Joseph O’Garro said the Port is happy to assist in anyway to boost the work of the Red Cross here on Montserrat.

Francis said the tents would be used to assist the First Aiders and other volunteers in their work as they are often performing their duties in the sun or other weather conditions with no covering. In cases of emergencies, he added, the First Aiders would now have privacy while performing their duties.

The Montserrat Red Cross received a tent from the Montserrat Port Authority to assist in the execution of their duties. (DSMedia Photo)

On Friday, the St Anthony Freemason Lodge on Montserrat handed over a cheque for $2,500 to the Social Services Department to help with the provision of supplies, uniforms and lunch for vulnerable children who are going back to school. A statement from the group revealed that for the past six years the lodge has made this one of its charitable projects. The cheque was received by Teresena Fergus, Director of Social Services by the current Master of the Lodge Kendal Lee. Also in attendance were the treasurer of the Lodge Albrun Semper  and past treasurer Kenneth Silcott. The back to school assistance project is one of the charitable causes to which the Lodge on Montserrat as a fraternal organization specifically raises funds for on an annual basis and to which they are committed to continue to do for the foreseeable future.

Members of the St Anthony Lodge make a donation to the Department of Social Services. In photo, Kenneth Silcott, Teresena Fergus of the the DSS, Lodge Grandmaster Kendal Lee and Albrun Semper (SAL Photo)

The Director of Social Services said her department is unable to meet all the needs of the clients who required assistance and that they look forward to the donation from the lodge on a yearly basis and even more so this year.

Funds are however needed to assist a family be reunited. Carlton Farrell shared a crowdfunding campaign this week seeking £2000 to be able to come to Montserrat to be with his wife who took ill and had to have several surgeries here while on holiday. His minor children are also on island and are without a primary caregiver.

Read more about the fundraiser here and contribute what you can….https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/carlton-ivena-farrell?

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