Helping to save a life
The nature of the times demands that we care a little more and give a little more to those in special need. And, really, it is not much we have to give to make a difference or to save a life, as in this case.
Those were the words of Alliance For Change Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, speaking at No 47 Village, Corentyne, recently.
He was at the time delivering to eight-year-old Devin Ramlakhan and his mom, both of Whim Village, Corentyne, a sum of money to offset expenses to travel to India for the boy’s heart surgery. Devin suffers from a pulmonary valvular dysfunction, and is very much in need of life-saving treatment overseas.
The donation comprised a sum of $200,000 from AFC/New York and $100,000 from Jerry Jaikarran, President of GODLY, a registered New York-based charity.
Ramjattan’s words obviously sparked off a mood of generosity because immediately thereafter relatives who had come in for the holiday season and were spending the day at his mother’s residence at No 47 Village, spontaneously made further donations which effectively will take care of the approximately $1M needed for the airfares.
Chris and Chanchal Persaud, Director and IT Manager respectively of Baron Foods St. Lucia donated $200,000; Kavita and Frank Sami, Quality Controllers at Baron Foods and Heineken St. Lucia, respectively, donated a further $200,000; and Ahilia Panday of P&P Insurance Brokers a further $200,000.
An overjoyed Ms Ramlakhan thanked the donors for their efforts towards saving her son’s life. Both herself and son will be going to India in March this year.
The Ministry of Health has made the commitment to stand the expenses for the surgery.