On Friday, September 30, on the community dock on the island of Saint Helene, a dedicated group of Rotary Club of Roatan members were able to participate and travel out to the Island of St Helene to assist with distributing the donated food bags from the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar (Ontario, Canada) and the Rotary Club of Evergreen (Colorado, USA). Mr. Michael McCarry of Mount Sinai Hospitals in New York City, New York, donated 600 N95 masks and 250 Face Shields to the island which were also distributed on his behalf by Rotary members.
 
St Helene is a small island on the Eastern side of Roatan, with approximately 218 households. It is separated from the main island of Roatan and only accessible by boat. The island is without road infrastructure and vehicles. St Helene is a vulnerable community, and even if it is separated from the rest of Roatan, most of the income comes from the tourism industry on the island of Roatan.
 
Last year they got electric infrastructure for the first time, and 14 months ago the first part of a Rotary International fresh water Global Grant infrastructure project was done. Phase Two has received approval and work on it will begin soon.
 
On Friday, September 30, on the community dock on the island of Saint Helene, a dedicated group of Rotary Club of Roatan members were able to participate and travel out to the Island of St Helene to assist with distributing the donated food bags from the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar (Ontario, Canada) and the Rotary Club of Evergreen (Colorado, USA). Mr. Michael McCarry of Mount Sinai Hospitals in New York City, New York, donated 600 N95 masks and 250 Face Shields to the island which were also distributed on his behalf by Rotary members.
 
Special thanks to the Saint Helene Community Patronato for their organization and assistance in handing out the bags which included flour, rice, beans, cooking lard, some soap, toilet paper and more. The Rotary Club of Roatan were also transported to the island by Mr. Sterling Lucas who donated his boats and crew, and some Military Police helped ensure that everything was carried out in an orderly and peaceful manner, as well as giving a helping hand.
 
There were many happy faces and pleased people that later loaded their boats and flipped up their umbrellas and went back to their homes by the sea or carried the bags on crooked paths back to their houses. The rations will last for 3-4 weeks depending on the sizes of the families.
 
Our eternal gratitude to the Rotary Clubs of Evergreen and Oakville Trafalgar for their generosity and compassion in helping the Rotary Club of Roatan to help provide for these families during the global pandemic.