ECGC distributes disaster relief items in Fancy on Dec. 31, 2013. (IWN photo)

The torrential rains of Christmas Eve 2013 brought much sadness to the lives of many Vincentians as they suffered the loss of lives, extensive infrastructural and property damage as well as the daily basic conveniences of living. Many members of our business community rose to the cause in an unprecedented display of social responsibility and poured resources into all affected communities. One such company that stands out is the East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC).

The management and staff of ECGC personally delivered over sixty thousand gallons of drinking water as well as up to 500 bales of packaged flour and over 50 cases of canned food items. In addition, C.K Greaves & Co. along with Allan Smith bakeries partnered with ECGC to produce and deliver in excess of 1,600 bags of “penny” bread to the length and breadth of the island for several days. The communities who were recipients of water and the food packages from ECGC were: Chateaubelair, Rose Hall, Troumaca, Coulls Hill, Spring Village, Gordon Yard, Walliabou, Keartons, Barrouallie, Campden Park, Clare Valley, Vermont, Lowmans, Georgetown, Spring & O’Briens Village, South Rivers, Mannings, Fancy and Magum. The main focus of the effort was that of ensuring benefits and some relief to persons who were unable to be placed in shelters.

The Management and staff of ECGC continues to encourage the affected families and communities to exercise strength and resilience in the face of these trying circumstances as we all as a unified nation rally to keep up the hope that there is a brighter dawn ahead.

(ECGC press statement)