In the mid-2000s, desperate families were often in the news begging for donations, or selling raffle or barbeque tickets, to raise large sums of money. It was to pay for life saving surgeries for their sick, dying children which could only be done abroad. They received no help from the then Government.
This was when I first planned to set up the Children’s Life Fund. As Prime Minister, I established it as a matter of priority in November 2010. Every single member of my Cabinet contributed to it each month. By 2015, it had saved the lives of over 122 children. In the past five years, however, the failed Rowley Government has effectively abandoned it.
They refused funding to two young children who needed critical bone marrow surgeries abroad, which prompted me to go to court on behalf of the families. It should have never come to this.
Incidentally, the Rowley regime notoriously spent over $2 million of taxpayers’ money for life-saving medical treatment in the US for one of its own MPs. Yet, they heartlessly refused a similar privilege to our suffering, desperate children
They have also spent billions of taxpayers’ dollars to rent real estate properties from, and give lucrative State loans to very close relatives of elite Cabinet Ministers. Yet, they have turned their backs on several sick, dying children.
Indeed, the corrupt, vindictive Rowley Government will completely destroy this country if they ever get another term in office.
A UNC Government will urgently revamp the Children’s Life Fund and once more make it a working, efficient agency which saves the lives of our vulnerable children.
This country’s resources do not belong to only friends and family of the Rowley Government. It is time to return T&T to its rightful owners—its CITIZENS. Together we can rebuild our nation into a place of fairness, justice, progress and equality for all, especially our beloved children.