On 26th August another most needed contribution towards the emergency room equipment was made by the BVI Red Cross. During a short ceremony Mr. Lewis Hunte, QC, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BVI Red Cross presented a cheque for $5,500.00 to Bishop John Cline, Chairman BVI HSA.
Mr. Hunte in his address said: “It is a pleasure to be here to have the name of the BVI Red Cross added to the growing number of contributors to the Peebles Hospital Fund. This is not the first occasion that the Red Cross has donated to Peebles Hospital. The Peebles Hospital Golden Jubilee Magazine 1926 – 1976 records that the Red Cross was the donor of the hospital’s first incubator.
On this occasion, we wish to assist in purchasing equipment for the new Peebles Hospital Emergency Room. The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that is very much involved in providing emergency care during disasters and other crises. One of our Fundamental Principles is the principle of Humanity, which addresses alleviating human suffering, protecting life and health and ensuring respect for human beings. There are Red Cross National Societies that operate hospitals and clinics, but here in the BVI we provide auxiliary roles. We do this in a number of ways; for example, by offering first aid training, training Home Health Care Aides, providing Prostate Cancer screening for men, providing First Aid during Festival, Sporting & other events, keeping a list of Blood Donors and building community resilience through our Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.”
Mr. Hunte continued by explaining that the funds donated today were raised during the Red Cross Ball held on June 7th. He also extended heartfelt thanks to the Red Cross’ Fundraising Manager, Mrs. Sonya Lewis and her hard working team for organizing this event; not forgetting, of course, the able Director, Mrs Helen Frett who has been an inspiration to everyone since she took up the post about three years ago. He furthermore apologised for the absence of Mrs Edris O’Neal, OBE, who is ill. “We are keeping her in our prayers and we wish her a speedy recovery” Mr. Hunte said. Her husband Hon. R.T. O’Neal, OBE, is not only a founding member of the BVI Branch, but also its first Director.
He concluded: “As Chairman of the Board of Governors, it gives me great pleasure on behalf of the BVI Red Cross to present this cheque in the amount of $5,500 to be used in the purchase of equipment for the Emergency Room.”
Responding to the presentation was Bishop Cline, who much to everyone’s surprise recalled that his brother Ron, born at just a little over 2 pounds, was the first baby who’s life was saved in that very incubator donated by the Red Cross in the late fifties. He expressed his appreciation on behalf of the BVI HSA for the generous donation and assured everyone, that the funds will be put to good use.
The Red Cross delegation was then very ably taken by Mrs. Cederine Malone-Smith on a private tour of the new hospital. What they saw has surely surpassed any of their expectations and they couldn’t say anything less than: “This is really a state of art hospital”. The guests passed through a lot of doors marked: No entry! One of these doors lead them to the kitchen, where Mrs. Beverly Creque showed the facilities with a lot of pride. She explained that they are working on a local cookbook with the healthy recipes they are developing for the patients. She handed out samples of bread rolls, baked freshly every day in their kitchen.
Besides of the storage facilities in freezers and fridges, she also showed the Cafeteria and explained that this Friday between 11:00am & 1:00pm they will sell lunch on a test basis. The visitors were given a menue with mouth-watering dishes like: Old fashioned Corn Pork, Veggie stuffed Chicken Breast, BBQ Baby Back Rips, Grand Ma’s Pea Soup, complimented by Garden Salad, Fungi, Yellow Rice, Corn on the Cob, Breadfruit, Dumplings, fried Plantains, Cassava and much more at very reasonable prices. The Cafeteria is open to every one.