The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By UK Cor­re­spon­dent

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.


Ted­dyson John at the Flow Bay­walk store for this week’s prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony.

Rudi Page, Global Di­as­pora Di­rec­tor and for­mer CEO of RAFFA.

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