National cricketer galvanises support for volcano-ravaged SVG


National cricketer Shemroy Barrington through his business, SS Purified Drinking Water, has combined with other persons and businesses to donate drinking water to the government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The CARICOM nation has been ravaged by a volcano eruption earlier this month, leaving many citizens displaced and the island covered in ash.

According to Barrington, who has represented Guyana in Youth and Senior cricket, he received support from Tazim Coats, Ann Country Style, Princess, Bibi Safuna Butcher Shop, Millenia Travel Agency, Kester Roberson, Dawn Natural Organics, Baraka Natural Organics, Marcia’s Products, Magnificent Table and SS Natural fruit flavoured BBQ sauce.

Combined they were able to donate 31 five-gallon bottles of water; they plan to make another donation soon, once the support is forthcoming.

Last week, 250 tonnes of disaster relief supplies were packed into the ‘Lady Fazeela’ vessel and departed Guyana’s waters, with the final stop being the volcano-ravaged island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Saturday.

Carrying among its cargo of relief supplies for the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the ship will also deliver personal care packages for Guyanese on the island, sent by relatives in Guyana.

The relief support for St. Vincent from Guyana is coordinated by the Civil Defence Commission at the behest of President Irfaan Ali with a major shipment of 350 tonnes of items arriving there earlier this month.

The island, which has experienced several eruptions at the La Soufrière volcano in the last two weeks, is still dealing with the effects of fallen ash. The latest eruption occurred on Thursday last.

The La Soufriere Volcano remains active; it began to explosively erupt two Fridays ago, displacing approximately 20,000 persons with some 6,000 currently in public shelters and thousands more in private facilities.

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