ST. LUCIA GETS MOBILE BLOOD COLLECTION UNIT
Saint Lucia is the recipient of a mobile blood unit. The gift was organised by Rudi Page, Global Diaspora Director and former CEO of RAFFA International Development Agency. The unit was handed over to Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Guy Mayers, on Thursday June 29.
“RAFFA supports the donation of medical equipment and expertise to developing countries, and in particular the Caribbean”, said Rudi Page. “The theme of the scheme is ‘Every Caribbean Donor Matters’. I am pleased that so far we have been able to supply mobile blood units to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Jamaica. Saint Lucia is now the fourth Caribbean island to benefit from the scheme.
“RAFFA believes in community empowerment, reducing inequality, by encouraging enterprise and increasing productivity through social action.”
The Caribbean is constantly under the threat of hurricanes and storms; the unit can be of great use under dire weather conditions.
Rudi Page first came to prominence over 30 years ago, in the heyday of the black hair care Industry. After leaving the leading firm of Dyke and Dryden, he established his own hair product distribution company. Based in Finsbury Park, London, he was one of the leading supporters of the show ‘Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame’ which was staged in the West End, at the Astoria theatre. Page used his connections to the producers of the show, JD Douglas and Flip Fraser, to stage his own daring and ambitious landmark production Hair Ex 88, also at the Astoria. Their quasi-business relationship would see Page organising 250 hairdressers from all over the UK to a Black Heroes Production.
Now Saint Lucia is the recipient of his entrepreneurial and community-spirited ethos. Said Paige: “This is an important milestone for diaspora involvement within the global health sector. This is the third mobile blood collection unit for the Organisation Eastern Caribbean States sub-region health sector and the fourth for CARICOM. The success of this programme demonstrates the essential role of global diaspora system leadership across boundaries and its capability to provide health ministries across the region with additional capacity to provide high quality, easily accessible and sustainable services for their populations.”
High Commissioner Guy Mayers, representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness, will complete the process of delivery.
THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT
Teddyson John at the Flow Baywalk store for this week’s prize-giving ceremony.
Rudi Page, Global Diaspora Director and former CEO of RAFFA.