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(From left to right) Nurse Gerontologist, Ansil Roach receiving the donation from??VP of the AA Caribbean Human Resource Group, Amanda Beamon while President of the Group, Benjamin??Griffith; Diversity Advisory Council representing Caribbean Employees, Varita Shelton; and Lead Agent Passenger Services at the Grantley Adams International Airport, Amelia King-Grosvenor look on. (A.Miller/BGIS)

The equipment stock at the St. Michael Geriatric Hospital received a significant boost thanks to a donation of items from the American Airlines (AA) Caribbean Human Resource Group.

The 15-member group donated wheelchairs, food trolley glucose monitors, toiletries and other equipment during a presentation ceremony today at the health care institution on Beckles Road.

The gesture not only represented the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade’s thrust to strengthen diasporic relations but, was also part of the AA Group’s adopt-an-island project.

Vice President of the Group, Amanda Beamon, said the items were purchased through fundraising activities and she also gave a synopsis of other outreach projects undertaken in other countries.

"We recently assisted an AIDS facility in the Bahamas, we also built a playground in Grenada and donated school supplies to an orphanage in Jamaica," Ms. Beamon explained.

Ms. Beamon further stated: "We have also teamed up with our local American Airlines sisters that work at the airport [Grantley Adams International Airport] and this [partnership] would allow the Reservations team in Dallas to promote the island and encourage others to visit."

Meanwhile, Hospital Manager, Joanell Oxley-Worrell, thanked the AA Group for its substantial donation and said: "We would certainly use all of the items that you have donated in helping us to carry out our nursing care giving.?? We aim to provide a very high standard of care at the Geriatric Hospital and these items will be put to good use."

In addition to the donation, the visit was designed to allow the group to become acquainted with the sites, amenities and tourism opportunities in the island as the impetus to deepening the existing relationship.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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