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

BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos, Oc­to­ber 19, 2017 – The man­age­ment and staff of Sagi­cor Life Inc and Sagi­cor Gen­eral In­sur­ance Inc were deeply moved to sup­port their col­leagues, clients, fam­i­lies and friends in the many Caribbean Is­lands grap­pling with se­vere loss and dev­as­ta­tion fol­low­ing the pas­sage of Hur­ri­canes Irma and Maria.

Recog­nis­ing that non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions play an in­creas­ingly vi­tal role in pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and re­de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance to these ter­ri­to­ries, Sagi­cor has used its ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions across the Caribbean to work closely with these or­gan­i­sa­tions, to as­sist with dis­as­ter re­cov­ery ef­forts.

As part of their ef­forts to sup­port the re­cov­ery process in Do­minica, Sagi­cor has com­mit­ted to a con­tri­bu­tion of US$20,000 to re­gional air­line LIAT. This do­na­tion will as­sist LIAT’s goal of help­ing those that re­main on is­land, as well as air­lift­ing af­fected per­sons from Do­minica. To date, LIAT has been able to mo­bilise flights, tak­ing a num­ber of per­sons in­clud­ing small chil­dren, the sick and el­derly out of Do­minica. LIAT has also flown in a large quan­tity of re­lief sup­plies from donors and re­lief agen­cies, in­clud­ing CEDEMA.

Don­ald Austin, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice of Sagi­cor Life (East­ern Caribbean) Inc, shared his sen­ti­ments on the urgent need for as­sis­tance. “This is a try­ing time for many coun­tries across the re­gion and I en­cour­age every­one to con­trib­ute in their own way. We have cho­sen, among other ini­tia­tives, to work with LIAT as the re­gional car­rier is po­si­tioned to bring life-sav­ing sup­plies and hope to Caribbean cit­i­zens af­fected by the re­cent se­vere weather. As an in­sur­ance com­pany serv­ing cus­tomers in over 15 Caribbean coun­tries, Sagi­cor is pre­pared to as­sist in any way we can.”

In­terim Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer of LIAT, Au­dra Walker, was grate­ful to Sagi­cor for tak­ing the ini­tia­tive of part­ner­ing with the air­line in this ven­ture. “The pos­i­tive re­sponse of Sagi­cor to the Care Lift pro­gramme is wel­comed, es­pe­cially in these try­ing times across the re­gion. Many of those af­fected by these dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­canes would not be able to access the es­sen­tial needs and ser­vices with­out these flights to their desti­na­tions.”

In ad­di­tion to this con­tri­bu­tion, Sagi­cor staff from across the Sagi­cor Group of Com­pa­nies have do­nated food, per­sonal items, tar­pau­lins and wa­ter, which have been couri­ered to Do­minica by sea. The Do­minica drive has also been bol­stered by staff pledg­ing con­tri­bu­tions from their salaries to fur­ther as­sist those in need.

Sagi­cor has com­mit­ted to a con­tri­bu­tion of US$20,000 to re­gional air­line LIAT to as­sist with re­lief ef­forts in Do­minica

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