Mayor of Castries, Peterson Francis has expressed great appreciation to the Freewinds for 30 years of philanthropic commitment to the island, the Mayor’s office has reported.
According to a release from the Mayor’s office, the Freewinds cruise ship was recently recognized at a special celebration at Heroes’ Park in Castries with the unveiling of a special monument dedicated to the ship, recognising the 30th anniversary of its maiden voyage and 30 years since the ship’s first call to St. Lucia.
The release quoted Captain Mike Napier as telling the gathering that the Freewinds is the cruise vessel with the longest continuous service to Saint Lucia, which has played an active role in the community over the years, providing numerous fundraising activities on board, as well as providing social improvement programs to the island.
Mr. Matthew Beaubrun, CEO of Cox & Co. Ltd., explained that he has had a long-term relationship with the Freewinds, starting before the shipping agency began representing the vessel here.
In addressing the audience, Mayor Francis described the event as historic.
“Let this small monument, along with the engraved plaque, further strengthen the Freewinds team in contributing further towards your humanitarian efforts and the development of Saint. Lucia. This recognition although small, it is surely deserved. 30 years of the Freewinds coming to St. Lucia, let’s look forward to 30 more years,” said Mayor Francis.
The monument was unveiled by Mayor Francis and Captain Mike Napier to the applause of the audience.