Campaign raises $140,000 for Caribbean

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The West Indian Association has raised more than $140,000 to support the disaster-struck Caribbean, but the campaign isn’t over yet.

The organisation said they were grateful to see Bermudians come out in force to support their Caribbean neighbours.

Susan Moore-Williams, WIA vice-president, said: “The support has been wonderful, not only in terms of cash, but also in terms of volunteers.

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“People volunteer their time. We had people who had significant birthdays ask their friends to give donations instead of gifts.

“We have also had organisation that have had fundraising efforts to benefit this.”

Mrs Moore-Williams also announced that the WIA had identified several charitable projects in Dominica, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands which will be supported by the campaign.

She said the funds will go towards housing reconstruction, children’s projects and financial assistance to help offset living expenses for Barbudians displaced by Hurricane Irma.

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Among the organisations to receive funding are Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Adopt a Roof, the East Dominica Children’s Federation and the West Dominica Children’s Federation.

The Caribbean Relief Campaign was launched in September 2017 after the Caribbean was struck by both Hurricane Irma and Jose.

The storms caused massive damage in the region, destroying thousands of homes and plunging others into darkness.

While numerous international agencies are working to bring a degree of normality to the region, Mrs Moore-Williams said relief efforts in some areas remain slow.

“Some countries are doing better than others,” she said. “When coming to the decision about who we would assist at this time, we did look at the progress that is being made.

“In Dominica, communications in some places are still spotty. Massive reconstruction needs to be done in areas.

“In some areas, like Tortola, the population has been significantly reduced. In Barbuda the population is still basically non-existent. People have had to relocate.

“There is still a great deal of work to be done.”

Mrs Moore-Williams said the WIA hosted a series of events to help raise funds, including the Caribbean Summer Cruise, the Give from the Heart telethon and a family fun day.

Meanwhile other organisations held their own events in support of the campaign.

So far, she said $140,617.52 had been raised, but the WIA hopes to see that figure rise.

On January 27, the WIA will be hosting a fundraising takeout lunch, Caribbean Fusion 2 Go, offering a feast of Caribbean favourites to bolster the campaign.

Source The royal Gazette

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