Port-of-Spain, Monday 23rd March, 2020 – The Heroes Foundation is calling on all citizens to be heroes and stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus.  It’s important that we act now and be ‘Heroes at Home’ to reduce the greater medical, economic, and social hardships that will come if COVID-19 continues to spread.

Self-isolation can be challenging, but it is necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus to the people we love.  We must ensure that we protect those most vulnerable – our grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, and the babies in our families.  They, and those with pre-existing medical conditions are most at risk.  As we have seen across the world, people will die if we do not follow the rules and guidelines established by the authorities for our safety and protection.

The inconveniences of self-isolation and social distancing are temporary, and we must be tolerant of them to defeat this virus.  If we do not, the implications for human life and to the economy of Trinidad and Tobago will be severe.  The faster we can flatten the curve – the escalation of the threat – the faster we can all return to a normal life.  The Heroes Foundation implores everyone to follow the rules and guidelines established by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.  So, stay home, and be a hero at home.

For the last 18 years, The Heroes Foundation has inspired the youth of our nation and nurtured the next generation of heroes in Trinidad and Tobago.  Now, more than ever, we need heroes who take accountability and act responsibly.  Persons who will commit, through personal action, to flatten the curve by staying at home and encouraging others to do the same. The right behaviours will give us all a strong, fighting chance against this COVID-19 pandemic.

We are thankful for the courage and dedication of the heroes in our medical and protective services who are going above and beyond to care for those affected and to stop the spread of COVID-19.  We are ever grateful for your service and sacrifice, and for being our heroes on the front line of this battle.

For those who do not belong to the essential services, we can be ‘Heroes at Home’.  As our national motto says: Together we aspire, together we achieve.  It is going to take each and every single one of us, working together, to overcome this coronavirus. Let us:
– Set the example.
– Follow the guidelines.
– Respond to the requests of those in authority.
– We can be the Heroes that Trinidad and Tobago need to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Lawrence J. Arjoon
Chief Executive Officer