The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce has made a contribution of $42,000 to the Care Packages Programme providing much needed Covid-19 relief to those most in need.
The Government of Saint Lucia, through the St. Lucia Marketing Board is purchasing produce from local farmers and distributing them along with other products to persons identified by the Ministry of Equity.
At a presentation last week Chamber President Karen Peter, noted that her members were not spared by Covid-19 as many are still trying to navigate their way through harsh economic times due to the pandemic, yet they make contributions to various relief efforts.
Members contributed in excess of half a million dollars to a National Telethon; have continue to support various community programmes including the National Meals Programme and now contributing $42,000 to the Care Packages Programme.
The Chamber President said that “This act of kindness and heroism demonstrates our chamber member’s continued corporate social responsibility commitment in the communities in which we operate and despite the economic uncertainty acted positively without hesitation”.
“We continue to hope and pray that our members are able to weather the storm by revisiting their business models and making the changes needed to remain afloat and stay ahead while adapting to the new and ever changing world caused by the pandemic”, Mrs. Peter added.
Among members contributing directly to the Care Packages were: LUCELEC, Royal Bank of Saint Lucia, Republic Bank, CIBCFCIB, J. Q. Charles Group and Caribbean Metals.
Other members contributed products or PPEs. Among them: ADMAC, Atwell Dalgliesh, Bay Walk Mall, Caribbean Grains, CIBC, Digicel, FB Armstrong, Golden Egg Farms, Massy Stores, RBC, Valley Cold Storage, St. Lucia Distillers, St. Lucia Cold Storage, WLBL/DBC and many others.