More relief pledges for Dominica

Members of the yachting sector, the hotel industry and non-profit organisations are rallying together and are soliciting assistance from the general public to move things forward.

The Bank of Nova Scotia is among several organisations which have come forward and has donated $50,000 to assist in the relief effort.
Managing Director for Caribbean, David Noel said “Our thoughts are with the people of Dominica as they recover from the damage caused by the storm and search for their missing loved-ones”.

Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resort International, has also launched a fundraising campaign to aid the recovery effort in the Nature Isle.

The hotel, said in a release, the campaign will include fundraising efforts involving the 10 000 guests staying at Sandals and Beaches Resorts, as well as online donations through the Sandals Foundation webpage.

President of the Sandals Foundation and CEO of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart said the Sandals Foundation’s pledge of support to the island will not be limited to just resort guests and supporters of the foundation. “We will be reaching out to our trade partners, travel agents, suppliers–everyone, this is an emergency situation and we want to throw our full weight behind our Caribbean brothers and sisters in their time of need,” Stewart said.

Aside from the corporate community, support from non-profit organisations has also galvanised.
The Antigua/Dominica Relief Fund, made up several prominent Dominicans and other concerned citizens, have continued to do their part in the process.

Public Relations Officer for the group, Acres Stowe said a 40-foot container with essential items was shipped to the storm-ravaged island Monday evening, and another will be sent next Monday.

“We are still collecting at the warehouse which is located at the back of the Harpers Building. Persons wishing to donate items or who are willing to get involved can visit the warehouse between 10 am and 6 pm daily. We can also be contacted at the hotline number at 481-1609 or 1603,” Stowe said.

Junior Chamber International (JCI) has also established a relationship with the main group to augment their efforts.

Public Relations Officer for JCI, Kadeem Joseph said the group has received several pledges from the business community and other non-governmental organisations which will be donating non-perishable items, water, clothing, feminine products and medical supplies.

Meanwhile, the Antigua Yacht Club has established a Disaster Relief Committee which will be meeting today to organise the collection and delivery of relief supplies to Dominica.


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