A Vincentian living in the diaspora has made a significant contribution to the Government’s Zero Hunger Trust Fund and the Enhams Clinic.
Deron Grant, a well-known former tennis player and philanthropist, has coordinated over $10,000 in donations to the Zero Hunger Trust Fund and the Enhams Clinic. Grant, who is now the head of tennis operations at the largest sporting and recreational facility in the Sultanate of Oman, was born at the Enhams Clinic.
Grant’s donation to the clinic includes an air conditioner, a refrigerator, three standing fans and various medical supplies. The value of his donation to the clinic is over $6,000. He has also secured $4,000 in donations from some of his international colleagues in Oman, to be donated to the Government’s Zero Hunger Trust.
A ceremony was held at the Enhams Clinic on Tuesday to hand over the supplies to the Clinic and a cheque to the Zero Hunger Trust Fund.
Senior Nursing Officer, Community Health, Cecile James who spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment expressed gratitude to Grant and his family for recognizing the need to give back to his community. She said that she hopes that they can further this public, private partnership so that not only the Enhams Clinic would benefit but also the wider community of the Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, Community Health Aide at the Enhams Clinic, Noreen Murray Harry expressed gratitude to Grant on behalf of the Enhams Clinic for making this generous donation which she said will go a long way in the continued care for the Enhams Community and St. Vincent and the Grenadines on a whole.
Grant’s aunt, Deno Ballantyne said the family is delighted to donate the items to the clinic.
“We feel really proud now that he is able to give back to his community and more so the clinic,” she said.
She noted that the items will not only benefit persons who access health care at the Enhams Clinic but Vincentians on a whole.
“He has a big heart and is passionate about assisting persons especially the needy ones and he is very delighted to make this contribution,” Ballantyne said.
Grant’s mentor, the Rene Baptiste who gave a background on her relationship with Grant said that he has always wanted to make a contribution.
“He always says that he wants to write a cheque for somebody else,” Baptiste added that he has always wanted to make a contribution but he didn’t tell her until a few days that he has something special to give back to the Enhams community.
The benevolent Grant has also made a donation of $5,000 to his brother in Christ who is ill.