Home Affairs Minister Hermangild Francis has urged support for a Telethon on Sunday to raise funds for frontline workers in Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 battle.
“On Sunday April 12 this year we are organizing a telethon event so that we can raise some funds for our police officers, prison officers, fire officers, nurses, doctors and all persons on the frontline,” Francis explained.
He encouraged Saint Lucians at home and abroad, as well as this country’s overseas friends, to support the initiative.
According to Francis, all the money generated will go towards improving the lives of frontline workers in the COVID-19 battle.
“They are the ones who are on the frontline – they are the ones putting their lives on the line for us and we have to show we appreciate their efforts and do whatever we can to support them,” the minister told St Lucia Times.
Francis, who is also responsible for National Security and Justice, expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also praised Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George.
“There isn’t anything more I can say about her, she has been a very dynamic individual and Saint Lucians owe a great debt of gratitude to this Doctor,” Francis asserted.
He urged persons to donate generously to the COVID-19 Telethon.
“We know it is difficult for everybody at this time but whatever we can give, as little as it is, will be welcome,” Francis explained.
He told St Lucia Times that no monetary target has been set for the initiative.
“Whatever we can get we will make use of it,” he disclosed.
“As much money we can make will be much better for the frontline workers,” he stated.