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Dominica food drive receives massive VI support

-hundreds donate non-perishable goods for storm damaged Caribbean island, coincidentally on the 36th anniversary of the destructive passing of hurricane David
A Guyanese (left) residing in the VI was one of the big donors at the RiteWay East End Supermarket. Photo: VINO
Several children also donated to the food drive for Dominica on August 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
Several children also donated to the food drive for Dominica on August 29, 2015. Photo: VINO
This visiting British couple was moved by the initiative taken for Dominica. They were thanked by Ms Lynette L. Harrigan on behalf of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) and Mr Ryan Geluk, President of the Rotary Club of Road Town. Photo: VINO
This visiting British couple was moved by the initiative taken for Dominica. They were thanked by Ms Lynette L. Harrigan on behalf of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) and Mr Ryan Geluk, President of the Rotary Club of Road Town. Photo: VINO
A fraction of the supplies collected yesterday, August 29, 2015 for storm damaged Dominica. Photo: Facebook
A fraction of the supplies collected yesterday, August 29, 2015 for storm damaged Dominica. Photo: Facebook
A section of a roadway in Dominica washed away due to tropical storm Erika. Photo: Facebook
A section of a roadway in Dominica washed away due to tropical storm Erika. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – ‘One Caribbean’ seemed to be the theme yesterday, August 29, 2015 as residents of the Virgin Islands (VI) came out in large numbers in support of food drives across Tortola, collecting non-perishables to send off to the tropical storm damaged island of Dominica.

Dominica is one of the worst hit by tropical storm Erika, with at least 20 deaths reported. Meteorologists reported there were some 12 inches of rain in fewer than 10 hours.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has told the media that the task of repairing Dominica's "dramatically affected" infrastructure would come later, estimating the cost would run into tens of millions of dollars and would set the country back two decades.

Yesterday’s drive came following heart touching calls by several members of the Dominica Group led by Ms Jasmine A. Brewley who had posted on her Facebook page, “I am suggesting that all persons from the Commonwealth of Dominica residing in the BVI should start a relief effort to help our homeland.”

The challenge was quickly taken on as the Rotary family of the VI and other social groupings hopped on board and spread out to all the Riteway stores on Tortola and at One Mart in Purcell where hundreds took the opportunity to donate tons of non-perishable foods and other products for the people of Dominica.

According to Ms Brewley, the food drive of yesterday August 29, 2015 went well and, before the end of this week, all the supplies garnered will be shipped off to Dominica with the help of Tropical Shipping.

Extending her heartfelt gratitude to all who supported the drive, including the management of One Mart who donated a full 40ft container of water, Ms Brewley is hoping that the weather holds up today as the various groups plan to be out again to collect as much donations as possible.

Yesterday’s drive was significant in date as it was on Saturday August 29, 1979, some 36 years ago, that Category 5 hurricane ‘David’ devastated Dominica, killing some 56 persons and leaving nearly 70 percent of the population homeless.

David would go on to hit the Dominican Republic, killing some 2000 persons and causing some $1B in damages.

13 Responses to “Dominica food drive receives massive VI support”

  • .... (30/08/2015, 10:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is great stuff
  • ONE LOVE!! (30/08/2015, 10:50) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a Dominican Living n the BVI I am moved at the efforts of the BVI community on a whole in OUR efforts to help my country which is going through such a trying time right now. As I drove to town the support by the various groups, organizations, businesses and people was overwhelming. This shows the love for your fellow brothers and sisters and gives a feeling that we are all together in these times. GOD Bless the people of the BVI and GOD Bless the people of Dominica.
  • hear this dominica (30/08/2015, 12:14) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please make sure every one gets...not only family and political supporters.
    • @ hear this Dominica (31/08/2015, 07:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope you contributed to ensure that your family gets too!!!
  • flash back (30/08/2015, 12:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Remember USA for Africa and Tortola for Haiti??
  • kudos for jasmine (30/08/2015, 12:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    nice effort on your part...Very patriotic!
  • god sent (30/08/2015, 12:49) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mrs Jasmine Brewley to the rescue.
  • Gina (30/08/2015, 14:26) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    If there is one thing the people who live in the bvi always support other countries that need help. Don't mind they calling us island people. But when it's time to give a helping hand every one does pitch in thier two cents. God bless the virgin islands and the people who live there.
  • to you (30/08/2015, 16:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    God thank you for restoring back to the Dominicans what they have lost. There business, homes and livestocks you are a good God amen
  • warning (30/08/2015, 20:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    No alcoholic beverages or perishables please.
  • Tools needed also (30/08/2015, 20:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shovels, tents, water coolers, ice boxes, cots, flashlights, lanterns, wheel barrows, tarpaulins and hammers.
  • Awesome (31/08/2015, 08:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Special special halo to Mrs. Jasmine Brewley for organizing this effort. She is the epitome of love of her country. God bless you Jasso!


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