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VI Rotary to wire some $100K to hurricane ravaged Bahamas today

- $$ raised since telethon now @ $160K
One Mart Superstore has donated $10,000 to the fundraising efforts for hurricane devastated Bahamas. Photo: Facebook.
Rotary volunteers take account of the pledges made at the Rotary telethon for Bahamas relief at Maria's by the Sea on September 11, 2019. Photo: VINO
Rotary volunteers take account of the pledges made at the Rotary telethon for Bahamas relief at Maria's by the Sea on September 11, 2019. Photo: VINO
An aerial view of the damage in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Photo: Christy Delafield/Mercy Corps
An aerial view of the damage in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Photo: Christy Delafield/Mercy Corps
Following the four-hour telethon on September 11, 2019, it was announced that some $145,000 had been raised; however, that figure has since risen to $160,000, according to Past President Lloyd K. Black, speaking at the Rotary Club of Tortola luncheon at The Pub at Fort Burt Marina on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
Following the four-hour telethon on September 11, 2019, it was announced that some $145,000 had been raised; however, that figure has since risen to $160,000, according to Past President Lloyd K. Black, speaking at the Rotary Club of Tortola luncheon at The Pub at Fort Burt Marina on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Photo: Team of Reporters
FORT BURT MARINA, Tortola, VI- Thanks to the initiative of the Rotary clubs in the Virgin Islands and the generosity of residents and businesses, some $160,000 has been raised via a telethon held at Maria’s by the Sea on September 10, 2019, just over a week after Hurricane Dorian ravaged parts of the Bahamas.

Following the four-hour telethon, it was announced that some $145,000 had been raised; however, that figure has since risen to $160,000, according to Past President Lloyd K. Black, speaking at the Rotary Club of Tortola luncheon at The Pub at Fort Burt Marina on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

“We continue to increase our totals from the telethon. We are somewhere close to $160,000,” Mr Black stated, as he used the opportunity to thank everyone who continued to support the fundraising effort.

Mr Black also said the collection of funds pledged is going very well, noting there is just about $10,000 outstanding.

Gratitude was also expressed to One Mart Superstore for donating $10,000 to the fundraising efforts on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

Portion of funds to be wired to Bahamas today

Meanwhile, a first tranche will be wired to the Bahamas today, September 20, 2019.

It is the hope of Rotary that in excess of $100,000 will be cleared to send in the first wire transfer.

The telethon, which was streamed live on all local visual and radio media outlets in the territory, was led by a panel of Rotarians that included Assistant District 7020 Governor Lorna G. Smith OBE; District Governor Delma Maduro; Past Assistant Governor Mr Gerard St C. Farara; Past District Governor Vance M. Lewis and President of Rotary Saint Thomas, Dr Gerry Smith.

There it was explained that the funds raised would be channelled to the Rotary clubs in the Bahamas for them to assist persons in need.

“So this is not a situation where persons or people or anyone else will have an opportunity to divert any of these funds anywhere or to impose certain operational costs and expenses that would deplete the funds,” Mr Farara had said.

Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas. Once it made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm on September 1, 2019 it hovered over the country — sometimes moving at just 1 mph — for more than 48 hours. All the while, it caused storm surges and wind damage, decimating parts of the archipelago.

The death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 51 people and is still expected to rise further. 1,300 people are missing, according to the country's National Emergency Management Agency.

The UN says more than 70,000 people on Abaco and Grand Bahama need lifesaving assistance.

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http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/rotary-telethon-raises-140k-plus-for-bahamas-relief

6 Responses to “VI Rotary to wire some $100K to hurricane ravaged Bahamas today”

  • Great Job (20/09/2019, 08:06) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Job well done Rotary. You can't deny this organisation never fails to step up to the plate. Heartfelt thanks to those who contributed to the cause. May you be blessed just as you have blessed others.
  • 40 million over run (20/09/2019, 08:53) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    MARk LOADED HE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN MORE
  • Oh No (20/09/2019, 09:25) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    More money in the pockets of crooked politicians... Haven't they heard the news of how badly the government treating Haitians and Jamaicans... What's the realistic objective of this money. How they know it been achieved.
  • Wow (20/09/2019, 10:27) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    collected $160000 for bahamas and only sending $100000???....wow just wow
    • @wow (20/09/2019, 12:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Read again "Wow." The $100k wire is the first wire. Once the total tally has been collected the remainder will be sent. So quit with the falsse implications.
    • @wow (20/09/2019, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @wow did you donate? Then go sit down!!


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