NY group raises funds for healthcare in St. Vincent

The Bronx-based charity group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc., continues to raise funds to assist the healthcare sector and the needy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The group, headed by Georgetown native Pastor Robert McBarnett, conducted another successful fund-raising barbecue at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“We’re getting ready for our next mission into St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” added McBarnett, disclosing that two 40-ft. containers of medical supplies have already arrived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, shipped through the courtesy of the Brooklyn-based Square Deal Shippers and Movers.

Ruby Wood (L), proprietor of Square Deal Shippers and Movers, with Grenada NY Consul General Rosemarie Welsh.
Ruby Wood (L), proprietor of Square Deal Shippers and Movers, with Grenada NY Consul General Rosemarie Welsh.

Among the items from that shipment to be distributed are: Three anesthesia machines and a Sonogram for Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) hospital in Kingstown, the capital, and an EKG machine for the Chateaubelair Hospital.

Other items to be distributed, McBarnett said, are: Food trays for the hospitals; 55,000 condoms “to help stop the spread of STDs” (Sexually Transmitted Diseases); over 500 Foley catheters; utensils; clothes; pampers; wheelchairs; commodes; crutches; and 150 hospital sheets donated by Vaughan Toney, the president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center and the Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO).

Rosemarie Welsh, Grenada’s new Consul General to New York, and Jomo Thomas, Speaker of the House of Assembly in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were among patrons at the fifth annual barbecue.

Ruby Wood – proprietor of Square Deal Shippers and Movers, whose company has been shipping the group’s medical and other supplies to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada from the very inception – said she was delighted to patronize such humanitarian gesture.

“It’s a worthy cause, and anything I can do to help the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines would be a pleasure,” she said.

Story and photo credit Nelson King

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