Dozens of Vincentian nationals who have lived most of their working lives outside St. Vincent and the Grenadines have returned home and are continuing to make a contribution to the development of their homeland through tangible support to the construction of the Argyle International Airport.
The Nationals who continue to travel frequently to and from St. Vincent and the Grenadines say they are fed up of the treatment meted out to them at neighbouring international airports. They are therefore determined to see an end to this type of treatment through the construction of the Argyle International Airport, and in so doing they are “putting their money where their mouths are”.
Last November, in its first outing, the group dubbed “Returning Nationals SVG” organized its first fund raiser which was a post independence dinner held at the Aquatic Club. From the proceeds they were on December 13th 2011 able to hand- over EC$25,000.00 to Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, for the Argyle International Airport (AIA) Contributory Fund. The donation up to that time was the single largest local donation to the fund.
On May 9th 2012, Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne, was again on hand to receive yet another donation from the “Returning Nationals SVG”. On this occasion the amount of money donated was EC$20,000.00, monies raised at a fund raising barbeque held at Black point on Easter Monday April 9th 2012. This brings to EC$45,000.00 donated to the Contributory Fund by “Returning Nationals SVG” over a six months period.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony the Governor General expressed appreciation to the group for the very tangible effort they continue to make towards the completion of the airport. He congratulated them on their efforts and the hard work that they put in to be able to raise the funds.
CEO of the International Airport Development Company (IADC) Dr. Rudy Matthias, speaking prior to the Governor General also congratulated the group for their efforts, and brought them up to date on the work completed thus far at the airport site. They were also given some insights into future works to be carried out at the airport site.
President of the group Mrs. Nyoka Clouden, took the opportunity to thank those who in one way or the other generously supported the fund raising effort making it the success that it was.
She is encouraging Vincentians to continue supporting their fund raising efforts as they (Returning Nationals SVG) will soon be putting on other fund raising events in support of the Argyle International Airport.
The Argyle International Airport is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2013 with operations set for 2014.