Gem Enterprises donates TV equipment to Statia’s seniors

GEM enterprises managers Gerald Berkel (right) and Camelia Berkel (second right) with Director of St. Eustatius Auxiliary Home Rennetta Mercurius (third right) accepting the donation along with the Home’s management and staff. (Photo courtesy GEM Enterprises).

Management and clients of Chapel Piece Recreational Centre with GEM Enterprises managers Gerald Berkel (second left) and Camelia Berkel (third left), and Browliar Gibbs (fourth left) accepting the donation. Chapel Piece Director Hilda Berkel is second from right. (Photo courtesy GEM Enterprises).


ST. EUSTATIUS–The devasting passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 severely disrupted cable TV services on St. Eustatius. The sudden loss of cable service also impacted the residents of St. Eustatius Auxiliary Home and clients of Chapel Piece Health and Recreational Centre, which both cater to seniors.

Because of the cable-TV outings, many persons have sought alternative forms of TV entertainment. One alternative is the use of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services, which have become very popular due to the ease of access and affordable pricing.

Auxiliary Home provides permanent residency and Chapel Piece daily activities for seniors that still reside at their own home.

After consulting with management of these organizations and learning about this need, Management of Gem Enterprises, represented by Gerald and Camelia Berkel, presented both organizations with free Roku devices and IPTV subscriptions, which were installed in the general recreational areas at both facilities.

Management, staff and residents at both facilities thanked Gem Enterprises for this donation and said they were looking forward to enjoying their favourite programmes again.

Source: The Daily Herald