Sunday 29 November, 2020

Angostura employees give up vaca days, raise $1M for food drive

Pictured: Technical Assistant, Sean C. Alleyne; Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor, Victor Francis and; Industrial Relations Officer, Diane Henderson

Pictured: Technical Assistant, Sean C. Alleyne; Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor, Victor Francis and; Industrial Relations Officer, Diane Henderson

Over 300 employees of Angostura Limited donated one million dollars from their benefits towards a food drive to assist those in need, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued on Monday, Angostura said employees, represented by the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union, decided to donate some of their vacation days to create a pool of funds that will be used to purchase food items for the most vulnerable who are financially impacted by the novel coronavirus.

The company said the management, executives and board of directors have also financially supported the drive.

Angostura said the employee-driven initiative saw 341 Angostura employees giving up a total of 1,074 vacation days, valued at one million dollars.

Commenting on why he donated his vacation days, Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor, Victor Francis said: “I give because to me it’s the best thing that one can do at a time like this.”

Meanwhile, Technical Assistant, Sean C. Alleyne said: “I truly believe that any act or gesture of kindness and compassion would go a long way.”

And, Industrial Relations Officer, Diane Henderson added: “Gratitude is understanding what you have and finding the freedom to give to others.”

Angostura said the generosity and selflessness from employees at all levels of the company have been tremendous and some have even given up all their vacation amounts for the year.

"This says a lot about the Angostura staff and the values of the Company which they all live by, which are, Togetherness, Tenacity, Passion and Integrity. The employees’ initiative entitled, “From Our Angostura Family To Yours” is a gift of their kindness to the country. We are extremely proud of all our employees for conceptualizing this idea and driving this initiative with a huge goal in mind," the company said.

On March 20, Angostura announced that it was embarking on a donation drive to produce hand sanitizer for first responders, communities and businesses with frontline staff.

Since then the Company said it has given out 70,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to front liners including police officers, prison officers, healthcare and social development workers and to fence-line communities in Laventille/Morvant. 

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