Sandals Barbados was among thousands of persons and entities honoured last Sunday, with the Luxury-Included® Resort receiving a Plaque of Appreciation for its contribution to the people of Barbados during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020/21.
Sandals joined an illustrious group of awardees whose dedication and commitment were recognized by the Government of Barbados during the second National Humanitarian Awards Ceremony hosted at the the historic Kensington Oval.
Resort manager Patrick Drake accepted the award on behalf of the company noting that the team was ready and willing to go above and beyond when the need arose.
“Sandals has won many awards over the years when it comes to our product, service and amazing facilities, however, awards like these mean a little more because it shows that we are a caring company and ready to answer the call when the country needs us.
“I remember when we received the request to consider the use of our Royal Ballroom as a vaccination centre for the people of Barbados. Our directors instantly approved and granted permission free of cost, and we were able to accommodate the Ministry team for over four months. The resort also donated linens to one of the government quarantine facilities, as well as hampers and other items to lift the spirits of those quarantined during the holiday season. Sandals Barbados was also one of the approved quarantine hotels on the island and aided with donations to team members during the period. Never did we envision receiving an award for what we considered our civic duty,” said Drake.
Across the region Sandals also acknowledged and showed appreciation to the incredible superstars, healthcare workers, with the extension of 300 complimentary weekend stays for two at any of its resorts.
“They are the true frontline heroes throughout this pandemic, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude,” said Drake.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley delivered the keynote address at the event which was witnessed by over 3000 persons in attendance. She thanked everyone who, in their own way, contributed to the fight against Covid-19 and kept the country functioning socially and financially.
“If ever there was a time for us to appreciate your value it is now. The essential way in which you have combined to keep this nation together after it has been through this awful period of time,” said the Prime Minister.
PAHO Director Dr Carissa Faustina Etienne was also in attendance and said the pandemic took a toll on the economy, society and health globally, especially in Small Island Developing States like Barbados and she thanked the companies and persons honoured on the day for their selfless contributions.
Plaques were given to those companies which provided services to the island during the pandemic, while medals and pins were conferred on front-line workers and those who worked in supporting roles on the front line, respectively, to support the national COVID-19 response effort.