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Rotary Tortola donates $50k to new Peebles Hospital

-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the new Hospital to be named for Rotary Club of Tortola
The Rotary Club of Tortola today August 21, 2014 handed over a pledge cheque of $50k to the New Peebles Hospital. Photo: VINO
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton after receiving the cheque immediately passed it on the BVIHSA's CEO Ms Darlene Carty-Baptiste, left and Chairman Bishop John I. Cline. Photo: VINO
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton after receiving the cheque immediately passed it on the BVIHSA's CEO Ms Darlene Carty-Baptiste, left and Chairman Bishop John I. Cline. Photo: VINO
According to the BVIHSA’s Public Relations Officers Ms Franka N. Potter since the August 8, 2014 commencement of the tour and fund raising drive there has been an overwhelming response. Ms Potter said that on the very first day two families donated a total of $7,600 and Mossack Fonseca has since donated $25k. Photo: VINO
According to the BVIHSA’s Public Relations Officers Ms Franka N. Potter since the August 8, 2014 commencement of the tour and fund raising drive there has been an overwhelming response. Ms Potter said that on the very first day two families donated a total of $7,600 and Mossack Fonseca has since donated $25k. Photo: VINO
When members of the Rotary Club of Tortola handed over a $50k pledge cheque to the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton Acting District Governor of Rotary Ms Delma Maduro, left, said that it was largest donation to be made by a single Rotary Club in the history of the Virgin Islands. In Photo, Centre Past Assistant Governor Gerard St. C. Farrara QC and President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Mr Henry O. Creque, right. Photo: VINO
When members of the Rotary Club of Tortola handed over a $50k pledge cheque to the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton Acting District Governor of Rotary Ms Delma Maduro, left, said that it was largest donation to be made by a single Rotary Club in the history of the Virgin Islands. In Photo, Centre Past Assistant Governor Gerard St. C. Farrara QC and President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Mr Henry O. Creque, right. Photo: VINO
Members of the media and the Rotary Club of Tortola Public Relations Unit were among those present for the donation ceremony. Photo: VINO
Members of the media and the Rotary Club of Tortola Public Relations Unit were among those present for the donation ceremony. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When members of the Rotary Club of Tortola handed over a $50k pledge cheque to the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton Acting District Governor of Rotary Ms Delma Maduro said that it was the largest donation to be made by a single Rotary Club in the history of the Virgin Islands.

It was a special moment for the Minister, BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Chief Executive Officer Ms Darlene Carty-Baptiste, BVIHSA Chairman of the Board of Directors Bishop John I. Cline and the Rotary family of the Virgin Islands who were present to witness the donation.

Making the presentation was President of the Rotary Club of Tortola Mr Henry O. Creque. “This morning I have the distinct pleasure of presenting this pledge of $50,000.00 from the Rotary Club of Tortola, to the Hon. Minister of Health and the New Peebles Hospital Expansion Project. These funds are to be invested specifically for the purpose of purchasing equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the New Hospital,” he said.

On behalf of his club he commended the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) for the vision to progress with project, through which he said the quality of health care delivered to the residents of the Territory will be significantly enhanced. “The Rotary Club of Tortola is honored to be able to partner with you in this effort,” said Mr Creque.

The funds presented were raised via the Club’s Annual Grand Affair and Gala Dinner hosted by former Governor William Boyd McCleary and Mrs. McCleary in February of this year, and was made possible through the support of the event’s many sponsors and patrons.

The event was held during the last Rotary term under the leadership of our Immediate Past President Ken Morgan and was executed by a committee chaired by Past Assistant Governor Gerard St. C. Farrara, QC, Past President Lorna G. Smith, OBE and Past President Percival Rhoden.

The committee together with sponsors and the events patrons put on the event that raised over $120,000.00 of which Mr Creque said 100% will be invested into the club’s community service activities.

He further noted that the extended Rotary family shares a vision of improved Health Services both globally and here in Virgin Islands, and they hope that their contribution towards the Neonatal Intensive Care unit will enable the Peebles Hospital staff to continually improve their delivery of maternal and child health-care services in the VI.

In accepting the cheque as the head of the Ministry Hon Skelton expressed his gratitude to the club and encouraged others to follow suit. He on the spot indicated he himself and wife will be donating $5k which will officially be done tomorrow August 22, 2014. The Skelton group will then donate $20k on Monday August 25, 2014, he said.

According to the BVIHSA Public Relations Officers Ms Franka N. Potter since the August 8, 2014 commencement of the tour and fund raising drive there has been an overwhelming response.

Ms Potter said that on the very first day two families donated a total of $7,600 and Mossack Fonseca has since donated $25k.

It was during the tour of the new facility that the idea of having the sponsored area of Hospital be named for the Rotary Club of Tortola, an idea that was welcomed by Ms Carty-Baptiste and her team. It was the proposal of Past Assistant Governor (PAG) Gerrard St. C. Farrara QC.

20 Responses to “Rotary Tortola donates $50k to new Peebles Hospital”

  • ccc (21/08/2014, 16:39) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    And they still charging people so much at the hospital
    • mmm (21/08/2014, 18:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is less than 1% needed to operate the building thus far. On NICU station cost $50,000 plus shipping.
    • Mehson (22/08/2014, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You ignoramus. Trying traveling to the outer world to become relevant and less ignorant.
    • holla (22/08/2014, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Your health can never come cheaply. Some of you are plain out ignorant. Make a positive difference from chatting shyte.
  • Boo (21/08/2014, 20:48) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good Rotary but I dont understand the plan. Steups, looks like Build then beg! What a plan. Same plan down by STS in Duff's Bottom

  • Tadow (21/08/2014, 22:54) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    They went to the Doninican Republic to get worker to construct the new hospital and now trying to suck the community to help furnish it. The audacity of these people.
  • ooooo (21/08/2014, 23:15) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    ronnie got us living like beggars now with that over-priced hospital
  • Jada (22/08/2014, 01:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's about the rich family past prospect reef that has being milking employees candy the BVI for decades. The should pitch in
  • one eye (22/08/2014, 01:58) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    Every body getting dem two min of fame deeds days
  • kids (22/08/2014, 05:20) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    That hospital charging so high begging people for help to furnish it but stlll you can see kind of nation new faces in town with hospital tag on them hmmmmmmm curry favour but others aint sooo all kind of nation deh
    • @kids (22/08/2014, 07:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Xenophobic much? Why don't you go train in an area where people are needed, and then you too can wear your hospital tag with pride and represent the territory among the nations!
  • shocking (22/08/2014, 09:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    A community service organization made up of individuals from all walks of life is able to collectively give $50,000 to the hospital and all you people can do is complain. Sad!! Just sad!! At the end of the day we need a fully functional hospital and we have to come to the realization that we all have to help to see it completed. Rich, middle class and poor alike. At this point blame is counterproductive. "Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!"
  • md (22/08/2014, 12:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Rotary! The transformation of the Health Services that is needed and I believe what most if not all of us want to see will require the community to come together and support this effort. Just imagine being able to get much of our health care at home. Hopefully others will follow the good example of Rotary and other donors and lend their support.
  • Indie (22/08/2014, 12:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This new hospital, which would have been completed under several different governments, will make us very proud some day . . . hopefully soon.

    They offer tours every Thursday.

    Take one and see for yourself. Then support it rather than just criticizing. You'll be glad you did.
  • Hospital Staff (22/08/2014, 14:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks Indie!

    Some of these comments duh really kill a man spirit sometimes. But don't worry we going try our best to make our hospital one of the best in the Caribbean.
    • Minaj Anaconda (22/08/2014, 15:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Everything was good with this statement except you frig it up with "DUH" WTH?
  • Wes (23/08/2014, 07:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time to donate some "New Management" to the "New Hospital". Old wine in new bottle still taste just as bad!
  • justice (23/08/2014, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To hospital staff.... that is your problem you are always in a competition. You enter into a competition when you can afford to. Not when you still have to beg. So be quiet! You yourself kill the giving spirit of others look how Their friends Rotary got all the accolades and the Corporation that gave $25,000 got a brief mention, does that encourage them to give again. Their cause for giving in honour of one of their employee is admirable and I congratulate them as they are always giving. the Rotary money came from collections and fund raisers and not from any of those posing in the pic and getting praise. shame on Ronnie that he allowed the gift to be second class, no matter the size.
  • Road Town. (24/08/2014, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all have a part to play
    . Congratulations Rotary for doing your part.


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