St. Lucia Toronto As­so­ci­a­tion helps St. Jude Hos­pi­tal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The St. Lucia Toronto As­so­ci­a­tion (SLTA) has re­sponded to calls for an im­prove­ment to the is­land’s health­care fa­cil­i­ties by do­nat­ing beds and med­i­cal sup­plies to St. Jude Hos­pi­tal.

The 18 long-term care beds and med­i­cal sup­plies were used in a mini hos­pi­tal built in the 2015 Pan Am Games Ath­letes Vil­lage in Toronto. The es­ti­mated value of this gift is Cana­dian $85,000.

Af­ter the Pan Am Games torch was ex­tin­guished, Melinda Joseph, a mem­ber of the Saint Lu­cian com­mu­nity in Toronto, con­tacted the games pro­cure­ment team to make the beds avail­able to the SLTA. Pan Am had set a cri­te­ria for who could re­ceive the do­na­tion of beds, namely that the re­ceiv­ing coun­try had to have par­tic­i­pated in the games.

Ac­cord­ing to the SLTA Pres­i­dent, Ross Cadasse, it took a joint ef­fort of his as­so­ci­a­tion, Saint Lucia’s Con­sul Gen­eral Michael Wil­lius and St. Lu­cian businessman Ken Chi­tolie of KLC Ship­ping to pro­cure the beds and ar­range ship­ment to Saint Lucia.

“This do­na­tion sup­ports our com­mit­ment to help im­prove the qual­ity of health­care in Saint Lucia. This small but sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion will go a long way in help­ing to meet the grow­ing need for beds at St Jude,” said Cadasse.

The St. Lucia Toronto As­so­ci­a­tion is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that works within the mul­ti­cul­tural land­scape of Canada to pre­serve and pro­mote the cul­tural tra­di­tions, lan­guage and her­itage of the is­land. The SLTA is ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing projects in Saint Lucia that en­hance ed­u­ca­tion, health and de­vel­op­ment for chil­dren and youth in dis­ad­van­taged sit­u­a­tions.

McNaughton McClean of the SLTA makes pre­sen­ta­tion to St. Jude Ad­min­is­tra­tor.

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