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Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has reiterated Government’s commitment to ensuring that the best care is taken of the children of the persons, who died in the December 19 road accident in the Rio Grande Valley in Portland.
Addressing the funeral service held at the Mill Bank Community Centre on Sunday (Jan. 25), for the remaining seven victims of the crash, Mr. Golding said Government is adamant that the children left behind must not suffer because of the death of their parents.
He informed that the welfare fund, which was launched in December in support of the children, is currently at $5 million, but additional contribution is needed.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Daryl Vaz, spearheaded the effort to launch the fund, which is being managed by the Child Development Agency. The Prime Minister said the intention is to raise enough money to adequately take care of the welfare needs of the children.

Prime Minister, Bruce Golding and Mrs. Lorna Golding are solemn during the funeral service for the final seven victims of the December 19 Portland truck accident, which was held at the Mill Bank community centre on Sunday (Jan. 25).

In expressing condolences to the families of the victims of the crash, the Prime Minister urged community members to give as much support as possible to those left behind.
He also assured the community that Government is making a special effort to secure transportation for the farmers of the area to enable them to take their produce to market, something they have been unable to do, since the destruction of the market truck in the accident.
The Prime Minister further commended the residents of the area for the kind gesture they displayed in helping to remove the victims from the accident site, noting that their efforts will be given full recognition.