Coca-Cola Foundation makes COVID-19 donation to St Lucia Red Cross
The Coca-Cola Foundation, in collaboration with Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited and Du Boulay’s Bottling Company Limited (WLBL DBC), donated to the Saint Lucia Red Cross yesterday (July 28, 2020) as part of their mission to help and support governments, communities and economies across the region to fight COVID-19.
The donation included bleach, gloves, N95 masks and disinfectants, all of which will be distributed to institutions such as the Ministry of Health.
The Red Cross also received some funds which went towards preparing food for 320 farmers for the duration of one month.
According to the Managing Director of WLBL DBC, Thibault Mesqui, the work of the Red Cross must not go unnoticed.
“We are very proud on behalf of the Coca-Cola Foundation to hand over the donation to the Saint Lucia Red Cross.
The work of the Saint Lucia Red Cross and the work that they have been doing over the years in many communities must not go unnoticed as they are a very valuable resource to the island.”
Managing Director of WLBL DBC Thibault Mesqui
The Managing Director said that these donations will go towards purchasing and distributing essential protective kits to front liners, institutions and food packages to vulnerable families.
According to the President of the Saint Lucia Red Cross, Hubert Pierre, the donation is extremely important to help the people of Saint Lucia combat the virus.
“This is of extreme importance because we really don’t know the future and we are hearing escalation everywhere. So, all these defences and measures that we have here by way of masks, gloves etc, these are there for the purpose of trying to enable St Lucians to keep safe.”
He continued: “I got a rude awakening I forgot my mask, I stepped into a shop they told me $7.50 for one and I just laughed because we had given away thousands already for nothing and these are the type of things you wonder, how many Saint Lucians after things are so hard can buy a mask for $7.50? We are trying to ensure that we have sufficient (stock) so that we can distribute all around the island.”