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Sagicor donates to Liat relief efforts

Published: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Kim Jones, Manager, Business Continuity & Office Services, Sagicor Life Inc, and Raoul Williams, Vice President, Individual Life Insurance Administration, Sagicor Life Inc (Southern Caribbean), in discussion with Audra Williams, Interim Chief Commercial Officer, Liat, about relief initiatives spearheaded at each company. PICTURE HIMAL REECE

The management and staff of Sagicor Life Inc and Sagicor General Insurance Inc were deeply moved by the plight of their colleagues, clients, families and friends in Dominica grappling with severe loss and devastation following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria and committed US$20,000 to regional airline Liat in early October.

A release said this donation will assist Liat’s goal of helping those that remain on the island, as well as airlifting affected people from Dominica. To date, Liat has been able to mobilise flights, taking a number of people, including small children, the sick, and elderly out of Dominica. Liat has also flown in a large quantity of relief supplies from donors and relief agencies, including Cedema.

Interim Chief Commercial Officer of Liat Audra Walker was grateful to Sagicor for taking the initiative of partnering with the airline in this venture. “The positive response of Sagicor to the Care Lift programme is welcomed, especially in these trying times across the region. Many of those affected by this devastating hurricane would not be able to access the essential needs and services without these flights to their destinations.”

Recognising that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play an increasingly vital role in providing humanitarian aid and redevelopment assistance to these territories, Sagicor has used its geographical locations across the Caribbean to work closely with these NGOs to assist with disaster recovery efforts.

Donald Austin, Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Life (Eastern Caribbean) Inc, shared his sentiments on the urgent need for assistance. “This is a trying time for many countries across the region and I encourage everyone to contribute in their own way.

“We have chosen, among other initiatives, to work with Liat, as the regional carrier is positioned to bring lifesaving supplies and hope to Caribbean citizens affected by the recent severe weather. As an insurance company serving customers in over 15 Caribbean countries, Sagicor is prepared to assist in any way we can.”

In addition to this contribution, Sagicor staff from across the Sagicor Group of Companies have donated food, personal items, tarpaulins and water, which have been couriered to Dominica by sea. The Dominica drive has also been bolstered by staff pledging contributions from their salaries to further assist those in need.