The first day of 2022 was marked by a meaningful donation made to the Family and Social Services Division l Welfare Division within the Ministry of Social Transformation & Human Resource Development and the Blue Economy by the St. John’s Lodge 492 ER.
A donation of school supplies, protective equipment and uniform grants was provided to representatives within the Welfare Division for further distribution to several families currently aided by the Welfare Division with a special focus on those who may have been significantly impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
The official handover was conducted at the Lodge building on St. John’s Street, St. John’s Antigua, with Mrs Feona Charles-Richards (Director) Ms Rhea Jeffrey (Supervising Officer) and several officers from the Division.
The Lodge was represented by the Worshipful Master, Ato Kentish, Immediate Past Master, E. Griffith Joseph and Former Charity Steward, Joel Darroux.
The Lodge contingent officially handed over the items which were valued at approximately EC $15,000 to the representatives of the Division with the aim of ensuring that the children currently under the protection of the welfare department would not be further disenfranchised by the economic declines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This donation forms a part of the Lodge’s ongoing COVID-19 charity response aiming to offer some relief to the citizenry of the island.