All hands on deck! Red Stripe offers nutritional support for infirmaries and golden age homes

‘We all in this together’: (From left to right) The Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond Mckenzie, was on-site as Kyle Giscombe, a volunteer from the ministry, Devrol Smith, Dean Taylor and Dudley Walker unload Red Stripe’s donation of 1500 cases of Malta. The donation, with an approximate retail value of JMD$6 million will go to the island’s 14 infirmaries and three golden age homes managed by parish councils. (Photo contributed)

A staggering 1,500 cases of popular non-alcoholic beverage Malta was donated by Red Stripe on Friday (March 20) to the Ministry of Local Government to support nutrition programmes in infirmaries across the island.

The product, with an approximate retail value of $6 million, will benefit residents in all fourteen infirmaries and three golden age homes managed by local parish councils.

“Even as we take precautions for ourselves, we also consider the most vulnerable in our society. Elderly infirmary residents face considerable risks and it is our hope that Malta will help to boost their care programmes,” said Luis Prata, Managing Director, Red Stripe.

Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie, said that combating the spread of the infection will require an unprecedented level of partnership between the public and private sectors.

“It is critical that private entities and businesses accelerate their efforts to support the Government in all areas for the protection of our citizens,” he said. “We appreciate the support of Red Stripe and call on more organizations to help in every way they can.”

Red Stripe, part of the HEINEKEN Company, has made an additional move in the fight against COVID-19 by making available radio, print and billboard advertising spaces for use by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in its public education campaign.

“Misinformation is one of the hazards in a crisis such as we are now facing. One of the best actions we can take is to support the spread of factual information so Jamaicans can have the best advice as quickly as possible,” said Prata.