PRESS RELEASE: Shortly after realizing the effects of the heavy rains which resulted from the recent passage of a tropical wave, the Department of Disaster Management called on members of the Tortola Lions Club to assist in any way possible.
An assessment was made of the damages at the Elmore Stoutt High School. As a result of a breach of the protective wall, the flow of water from a major ghut was diverted through the school’s compound and resulted in the deposit of large volumes of water, mud, and other debris into the lower lying buildings.
An immediate decision was made to deploy capital and human resources to assist the institution. Calls were made to our corporate sponsors for in-kind donations. With the assistance of government agencies, as well as contributions from organizations such as QWOMAR Trading Limited, LJD VI Block, MB’s Ice, Newton Construction, Legacy Auto, One Stop Auto, and Caribbean Basin Enterprises, organizers of the cleanup project received shovels, gloves, water, ice, pressure wash machines, garbage disposal bins, trucks, and the assistance of much needed labourers.
A comprehensive loss assessment is now being conducted by ESHS but preliminary reports have indicated substantial loss of computers, music equipment, furniture, and other equipment. Lions, through their network of sponsoring partners and their international and regional counterparts, have pledged to assist in the replacement and re-institution of the various programmes. The degree of these contributions equal or surpass prior accomplishments of the club. Where there are NEEDS there are LIONS!
Several homes and businesses in low-lying areas throughout Road Town and other environs were also severely affected. Several feet of water covered these areas and resulted in loss of bedding, furniture, audio and video equipment, apparel, footwear, and other household effects.
Given the high level of stress by individuals affected by the flooding, members of the Lions Club were again contacted and invited to assist with the distribution of free soup to needy community members.
Thanks to the participation of pastors and members of the Fort Hill Prayer Group, the ‘Transformational Church International’, and the Church of God of Prophecy, more than 500 bowls of soups were distributed in three days.
Recipients included persons from the Senior Citizens Home, the Rainbow Children’s Home, the Family Support Network, Sandy Lane Center, Social Development clients, and numerous community members. Joy and words of appreciation were expressed by all who were served and considered.
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