PRESS RELEASE: On Saturday October 28th, Mr. Anthony Avril, Executive Director of the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association joined with Rotarians at the Coco Palm Resort to receive a gift from the members of the youngest Rotary club on the island: The Rotary Club of Gros Islet Satellite Club in the South of Saint Lucia. The club held its first meeting in June of this year and its members are energized and ready to be actively involved in making a difference in the lives of others in their communities. Rotarian Melisa Agdomar outlined the services of the SLBWA before handing over the cheque of $1300 to Mr. Avril, who responded with by sharing the history of the SLBWA and international Rotary Clubs. After wishing for the Rotary Movement much success, he expressed the hoped that “this would be the beginning of a reconnection between SLBWA and the Rotary movement in St. Lucia” as Rotary played a critical role in the establishment of the SLBWA building, as well as Mr. Avril’s education.
The donation is a result of a Flee Market Sale initiated by Miss Ida Herman of Piaye, the grandmother of a student who benefitted from the services of the SLBWA. The Rotary club grasped the opportunity presented for its first community service project and hosted the Flee Market Sale at the CIBC Vieux-Fort Branch Car Park on September 30th. The ‘small token’ will go towards funding the operations of the SLBWA. It is hoped that more organizations will respond to the plea for funding to support services for persons who are visually impaired on the island.