Angostura’s CEO (Ag.) Ian Forbes (middle), with President of the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce, Mukesh Ramsingh (left), and President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce, Richie Sookhai (right), at the Chambers’ vaccination drive held at Camden, Couva, on Sunday. Angostura donated COVID-19 care packages and new carbonated soft drink, Angostura Chill at the vaccination site. Each sealed COVID-19 care package consists of a bottle of Angostura hand sanitizer, bottle of Lifebuoy antibacterial handwash, pack of Lifebuoy antibacterial wet wipes and five surgical masks. (Image courtesy Angostura®)

Angostura® is donating over 2,000 COVID-19 care packages for persons who have been vaccinated, across the country through mass vaccination sites. 

It also says it will be sharing care packages at vaccination sites for students in the coming weeks.

A release from the company reports that the care packages also were distributed to Angostura’s fenceline communities of Morvant/Laventille, through the Loveuntil Foundation and Chinapoo Police Youth Club. Other NGOs which received packages to donate to families across the country include: Heroes Foundation, Autistic Society, and the Victims and Witness Support Unit of the Police Service.

“As part of encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, Angostura has taken a decision to visit mass vaccination sites to distribute COVID-19 care packages,” Angostura’s CEO (Ag.) Ian Forbes explains.  “Each package consists of a bottle of Angostura hand sanitizer, bottle of Lifebuoy antibacterial handwash, pack of Lifebuoy antibacterial wet wipes, and five surgical masks.”

He added: “We as a corporate citizen would like to be part of the solution and encourage people to get vaccinated. The Company’s objective is to work with groups like the Supermarket Association of T&T, T&T Manufacturers Association, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, American Chamber of Commerce, Couva Chamber of Commerce, and Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce on the vaccination drive. We will win this fight against the pandemic; we are resilient together.”

The sealed COVID-19 care packages were distributed at the vaccination sites by the Angostura® team, including CEO (Ag.) Ian Forbes, and Executive Manager for Corporate Services, Rahim Mohammed.

Angostura® also distributed its new carbonated soft drink, Angostura Chill—Lemon Lime and Bitters and Blood Orange and Bitters—at the vaccination sites with the COVID-19 care packages.  It will be doing the same over the next few weeks at the vaccination sites for students.

Angostura’s CEO (Ag.) Ian Forbes distributes COVID-19 care packages and Angostura Chill at TTMA’s mass vaccination drive held at the Divali Nagar site on Sunday. Each sealed COVID-19 care package consists of a bottle of Angostura hand sanitizer, bottle of Lifebuoy antibacterial handwash, pack of Lifebuoy antibacterial wet wipes and five surgical masks. (Image courtesy Angostura®)

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association, Tricia Coosal lauded the initiative.

“We are greatly appreciative of the care packages that Angostura has distributed at the Divali Nagar site to those who have been vaccinated. Angostura is a great partner and continues to collaborate and work well with the TTMA. We continue to ask the population to get vaccinated; vaccinate to operate, vaccinate not just for yourself but for your loved ones as well,” the TTMA President said.

President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Commerce, Richie Sookhai, described the donation as “generous”.

“With this generous donation of COVID-19 care packages to the vaccination drive, we hope as part of the business community, every little effort we make can ultimately help us as a nation return to some level of normalcy in the very near future.”

And President of the Supermarkets Association, Rajiv Diptee, commended Angostura’s efforts to promote the vaccination drive.

“Angostura’s donation of the COVID-19 care packages is just another hallmark of their good corporate social responsibility. They have partnered with us as a sponsor on the vaccination drive and they have really made this possible to achieve our goal of herd immunity,” he said.