Amputee, Andre Richards was on Saturday presented with a sewing machine by Deputy
Director of Civil Defence Commission, Sandra Adams, on behalf of the People’s National Congress. The presentation was done at the Linden Technical Institute during a Ministerial outreach.
Richards has one leg; he sews shopping bags and supplies the market and also works with the Drainage and Irrigation project to support his family. “Although I got one foot I work, I don’t sit down. But I needed a machine so I could work faster and I ask Ms. Adams and she promise me one and today she bring it and I thank her.”
Ms Adams said that although Richards is an amputee he is still industrious. “I promised him the machine and I sourced it but I didn’t get a chance to bring it before, so now I think it is the right time to give it to him when the Ministers are here. I know with this machine he will be able to produce more bags.”
Minister within the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Karen Cummings, told Richards she will look into acquiring a prosthetic leg through the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) for him.
Richards lost his left leg on September 14, 1989 in the Bauxite Plant of the then Bauxite Industry Linmine when the No. 13 Kiln chain slipped and crushed his leg.
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