The humanitarian 2,500-pound shipment is being made under the Denton Program and is said to be worth US$6,642. It is being organized by U.S.-based Community Bikes Inc. and Kittitian national Dr. Cedric Francis and facilitated by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Embassy personnel.
A release from the US Embassy in Barbados said the shipment will include two major contributions. Community Bikes Inc. is donating 75 bikes, bike helmets and locks, destined for a new outreach program for underprivileged children. The program will be run locally by the St. Kitts and Nevis Cycling Federation to encourage young people to practice a healthy life style and nurture those with an interest and talent for competitive cycling.
Also arriving on Saturday will be medical supplies sent by Dr. Cedric Francis, a Kittitian now living in Chittenago, New York. For nearly a decade, Dr. Francis has been giving back to the country of his birth by sending medical equipment and supplies to the JN France General Hospital.
A press briefing will be held on the tarmac at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport at 3:00 pm to mark the arrival of the shipment.
Speakers will be American humanitarian Chuck Fox, coordinator of the Community Bikes Program, a representative of the St. Kitts and Nevis Cycling Federation, and a representative of the U.S. Air Force.
These humanitarian efforts are supported by the Denton Program which provides free transportation on U.S. military cargo aircraft for humanitarian assistance materials donated by U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, international organizations and private voluntary organization for humanitarian relief.
The Denton Program is jointly run by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Departments of State and Defence.