• NB4HS

Ambulance donated to community in Haiti

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

Members of New Bridges for Haitian Success pose in front of a donated ambulance with local and state elected officials, including Lt. Governor Dan McKee and Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond. The ambulance is being sent to a Haitian community in need. (Breeze photo by Nicole Dotzenrod)

By NICOLE DOTZENROD, Valley Breeze Staff Writer

LINCOLN – A community in Haiti will receive a much-needed emergency response vehicle thanks to the efforts of local municipal and nonprofit leaders who helped secure the donation.

Lt. Gov. Dan McKee made the announcement outside of Lincoln Town Hall on Oct. 3, alongside Town Administrator Joseph Almond and Bernard Georges, founder and CEO of new Bridges for Haitian Success. According to officials, the town worked with the lieutenant governor’s office to facilitate the donation of an ambulance in partnership with Greenwood Emergency Vehicles.

When it arrives in Belle-Anse, Haiti, the emergency vehicle will serve a population of 158,000 people who live without access to a hospital.

“Many lives in Belle-Anse will be saved and forever changed thanks to the leadership of Lt. Gov. McKee and the generosity of the Town of Lincoln and Greenwood Emergency Vehicles,” said Georges, adding that many Belle-Anse residents do not even own a bike to travel to the community’s small clinics for treatment. “You can see the challenge. I can’t thank you enough for making this happen for our town.”

In addition to the ambulance, the Town of Lincoln also donated a stretcher and 10 sets of rescue gear that are no longer being used. The donations will be transported to Haiti by New Bridges for Haitian Success, a local nonprofit whose mission is to support Rhode Island’s Haitian population and to provide an array of relief to communities in Haiti.

“It started with a phone call and it was a trickle-down effect,” said Rescue Captain Sean Thompson, who helped facilitate the donation with McKee and Greenwood Emergency Vehicles.

“Bringing just one ambulance to Belle-Anse will significantly increase access to medical care and improve the quality of life for so many families in a community that is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew,” said McKee. “I am glad my office could play a role in bringing local organizations together to find a new purpose for unused emergency equipment to help those in need.”

1 view0 comments