Caribbean Day of Giving raises thousands for hurricane relief


October 25, 2017
Romain Virgo

Organisers of the recent Caribbean Day of Giving reported that the event raised over US$40,000 in cash as well as several barrels of goods.

The mediathon was held on October 7 to assist Caribbean countries hit by recent hurricanes.

Most funds raised came from New York-based Caribbean Food Delights' Vincent HoSang Foundation.

The event also had the backing of corporate and organisational sponsors such as Digicel, Tower Isles Frozen Foods Limited, Irie Jam Media Group, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, Team Jamaica Bickle, Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Golden Krust, IMAGES LLC, Caribbean Business Connections and

The goods collected were handed over to Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in New York, which will coordinate shipping to Barbuda and Dominica.

These efforts were in conjunction with fundraising efforts by The American Friends of Jamaica, the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund.

Much of the funds raised will benefit the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.

The all-day mediathon, which involved over 32 radio programmes and other media platforms, featured interviews with several of the region's leaders.

The Door Restaurant in Queens and the Dumplin' Shop in the Bronx were the location sponsors.

The day ended with a benefit concert which was live streamed from Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica.

Performers included Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Richie Stephens, Jermaine Edwards, D'Angel and D-Major.

Organisers acknowledge the significant need for ongoing support to aid in the recovery efforts in the Caribbean region.

Persons wishing to donate may still do so at or text AFUWI to 41444.

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