San­dals Saint Lu­cia De­liv­ers Aid to Do­minica

The Star (St. Lucia) - Business Week - - CORPORATE HANDS -

A com­bined ef­fort by San­dals Re­sorts’ 1,500 team mem­bers in Saint Lu­cia re­sulted in a large ship­ment of relief sup­plies be­ing de­liv­ered to the hur­ri­cane-rav­aged is­land of Do­minica last week.

The San­dals Saint Lu­cia team, led by Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Win­ston An­der­son and Gen­eral Man­agers Michael James and Chris El­liott, wanted to make a per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion to the cause, al­though the San­dals Foun­da­tion had al­ready sent off hun­dreds of cases of wa­ter and other sup­plies the day af­ter Hur­ri­cane Maria struck.

“This was a labour of love by our team mem­bers in Saint Lu­cia,” noted Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Win­ston An­der­son. “It was re­mark­able how they each dipped into their own pock­ets to buy tinned food, wa­ter, toi­letries and so many other items. In fact, we re­ceived so much sup­port from our San­dals Saint Lu­cia team that we could not use our own boats; there was just too much stuff. We had to load in onto the Fly­ing Ray, and we must thank Mr. Brian De­vaux for his sup­port. I can­not be more proud of our Saint Lu­cia team.”

The ef­fort was sup­ported by mon­e­tary do­na­tions from the com­pany’s Chair­man Gor­don ‘Butch’ Ste­wart and the Deputy Chair­man and CEO Adam Ste­wart.

The boat­load of items was taken across to Do­minica on Tuesday by a team com­pris­ing Re­gional Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­ager Su­nil Ramdeen; Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­ager for San­dals Re­sorts in Saint. Lu­cia, Alex Holder; Ex­ec­u­tive Chef for San­dals Grande, Hen­rique Spar­row; Water­sports Man­ager for San­dals Grande, Ter­roll Comp­ton; Main­te­nance Su­per­vi­sor for San­dals Grande, Arthur Nep­tune, and Life­guard with San­dals Hal­cyon, Yo­hanne Joseph.

Among the items de­liv­ered were bulk sup­plies of new blan­kets, toi­letries, baby sup­plies, canned food, wa­ter, juices, cook­ing sup­plies and more, all gath­ered from the col­lec­tive re­sorts in Saint Lu­cia and sorted at the San­dals Re­gional head­quar­ters at the Hal­cyon Beach Re­sort.

Re­gional Loy­alty and Travel Man­ager for San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional in the Eastern Caribbean, Steve De­launey – who is a na­tive of the Na­ture Isle Do­minica co­or­di­nated the ini­tia­tive.

“I can’t ex­press in words how much this col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort means to us Do­mini­cans. I wish to ex­tend my heart­felt thanks to ev­ery­one on be­half of the peo­ple of my beloved home­land,” De­launey said.

The items were handed over to Jer­maine Jean-Pierre, Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Govern­ment of Do­minica. Jean -Pierre acted as li­ai­son be­tween the govern­ment and San­dals Re­sorts in this in­stance.

“We are here to en­sure that the items are prop­erly man­aged and go in the right di­rec­tion. So I can as­sure that our shel­ters and in­di­vid­u­als in some of the hard­est hit com­mu­ni­ties will ben­e­fit from this. Thank you San­dals Re­sorts for your sup­port,” Jean-Pierre said upon re­ceiv­ing the items at the Fond Cole docks in Do­minica on Tuesday morn­ing.

Com­ment­ing on the trip, Re­gional Pub­lic Re­la­tions Man­ager Su­nil Ramdeen said that many more ef­forts like this were re­quired. “Do­minica has been badly hurt. The sto­ries on the news can’t re­ally com­mu­ni­cate just how bad it is. I am ex­tremely proud of the ef­forts made by the Saint Lu­cia team, as well as the on­go­ing ef­forts of San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional and the San­dals Foun­da­tion to pro­vide relief to many of the other is­lands im­pacted by Hur­ri­canes Maria and Irma, in­clud­ing Bar­buda, the Ba­hamas and the Turks and Caicos is­lands.

“San­dals is a Caribbean com­pany and we know the power that our peo­ple have when they unite. Our Chair­man and our CEO have and al­ways will con­tinue to sup­port our Caribbean broth­ers and sis­ters.”

San­dals Re­sorts con­tin­ues to sup­port hur­ri­cane relief ef­forts in the is­land of Do­minica post-hur­ri­cane Maria.

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