The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

St Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Lim­ited (LUCELEC) re­tiree Don­ald “Rudy” Daniel is now the owner of a brand new wheel­chair do­nated by the LUCELEC Sports Club to the man who be­gan work­ing with the com­pany when it was formed in 1964.

Rudy was em­ployed in the Trans­mis­sion & Dis­tri­bu­tion Depart­ment un­til his re­tire­ment in 2002. His leg was am­pu­tated due to com­pli­ca­tions from di­a­betes.

LUCELEC Sports Club Pres­i­dent An­to­nius Haynes says the Club was in­formed by a staff mem­ber that Rudy was in need of a wheel­chair fol­low­ing the loss of his leg.

Af­ter a num­ber of in­quiries, the Club, through the Pas­toral Cen­tre, was able to se­cure the nec­es­sary piece of equip­ment for their for­mer col­league.

“The Club was hon­oured to as­sist in that way. We felt the onus was on us to as­sist Rudy, a re­tiree who had given so much to the com­pany, help­ing us get to where we are right now,” says Mr Haynes.

Rudy was very grate­ful for the wheel­chair which he says would make it eas­ier for him to get around. He said it was a “vast im­prove­ment” over the loaner chair he had been us­ing since his op­er­a­tion, and thrilled that the as­sis­tance had come from the peo­ple he had worked with. Rudy, who regularly at­tends the an­nual Re­tirees’ Lun­cheon held by the com­pany to hon­our those who con­trib­uted to its suc­cess, re­ceived his new “wheels” days ahead of that func­tion, and was able to at­tend “in style”.

LUCELEC wheel­chair do­na­tion to re­tiree “Rudy”.

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