Leanna James, deputy comptroller of Customs & Excise, left, receives masks from President of the Rotary Club of St. Vincent, Reuben John.

The Rotary Club of St. Vincent demonstrated its commitment to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by donating 2,500 masks, on Monday, to seven organisations where front-line workers serve on a daily basis.

Presentations of KN95 masks as well as non-surgical grade masks were made to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, the Customs and Excise Department, Thompson Home, Kingstown Town Board, Public Health Workers including sanitation workers, The Lewis Punnett Home and the Vincentian Transportation Association.

The value of the mask donated  is EC$7,000.

Delivering brief remarks, President of the Rotary Club of St. Vincent, Reuben John, affirmed the club’s commitment to service throughout the local community, and the mandate to provide continued meaningful support to the Vincentian citizens as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Representatives of the various organisations in attendance expressed gratitude to the Rotary Club of St. Vincent, noting that the donation of masks was quite timely as existing resources were low and the need for the masks will continue to be high especially as we learn to adjust to life amidst these new norms.

Commissioner of Police Collin John, on receipt of the packages for the RSVGPF, expressed gratitude on behalf of the officers who are on the front line, working tirelessly to ensure the continued safety of our nation’s citizens.

Other recipients present included

Leanna James, deputy comptroller of the Customs and Excise Department,

Annelle Thomas, president of the Thompson Home Board, Cuthbert Knights, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment, Ann Williams and Annis Daniel-Johnson of the Kingstown Town Board on behalf of the local vendors.

“The Rotary Club of St. Vincent continues to encourage all members of the public to practice proper personal hygiene, observe public health protocols, practice social distancing and to act responsibly as we work together to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” the club siad.