The employees of Angostura Ltd have donated more than $1 million to purchase food items for the most vulnerable who are financially impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 virus on the economy.
Angostur’s employees donated some of their vacation days to create a pool of funds worth over $1 million
In a release the company said: “The Management, Executives and Board of Directors have also financially supported the drive. This employee-driven initiative saw 341 Angostura employees giving up a total of 1,074 vacation days, valued at $1,000,000.”
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.”
Technical assistant, Sean C Alleyne added, “I truly believe that any act or gesture of kindness and compassion would go a long way.”
The staff’s generosity has led to some people even giving up their entire vacation for the year.
“This says a lot about the Angostura staff and the values of the company which they all live by—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 conceptualising this idea and driving this initiative with a huge goal in mind,” the release read.
On March 20, Angostura announced that it was embarking on a donation drive to produce hand sanitiser for first responders, communities and businesses with frontline staff.
Since then, the company has given out 70,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to front liners including police officers, prison officers, healthcare and social development workers and to its fence-line communities in Laventille/Morvant.
The company said it will continue to assist those in need during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.