BEGGING TO BUY BOATS ... Flood rains triggers fundraising spree

May 20, 2017
A campaign has been launched on GoFundMe to provide Rescue Boats for floods in Jamaica.

A woman, who claims to be from Linstead, St Catherine, has started a begging campaign to provide relief to persons displaced by this week's disaster.

At the same time, a man in England, who gives his name as Jason Russell, has set out to raise rescue boats to help flood victims.

The effort to assist residents in Linstead has so far been supported to the tune of US$400 (approximately J$52,185), but the move to buy the boat, which was first launched 33 months ago, has largely been ignored.

In fact, not even a penny has been raised in this campaign that was renewed on Friday following severe flooding and landslides in sections of Jamaica.

In the case of the Linstead campaign, Khadijah Aaliyah, who gives a New Jersey address, has set a goal of raising US$750 (approximately $97,848) via the crowdfunding website, GoFundMe.

Aaliyah noted that the flooding, which resulted from extensive rainfalls earlier this week, "has caused families to be completely displaced out their homes, losing everything they own."

"I am asking for this monetary donation to help me get the donated items off the wharf in Jamaica as well as to cover the transportation of these materials. I am from Linstead, so the donations will be given out in the Linstead area," she said.

 Aaliyah said she will be heading to Jamaica around June 19 and will be "aiming to hand out the relief."

The rains, which pounded the country from Monday night into Tuesday morning, resulted in extensive damage to several communities in various parishes. The parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth, St Mary, Portland, and St Ann were severely impacted. The community of Sunnyside, Linstead, was severely flooded.

Meanwhile, the Rescue Boats for floods in Jamaica campaign was first launched in August 2014 with the aim of raising £10,000 (approximately J$1.7 million). It was updated a day ago. It has a photo of partially submerged vehicles on a stretch of road that has been identified as Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.

"This page is to gain funds to help support the victims of the floods in Jamaica. The Jamaican people are having to rescue themselves even tho many of them can't swim. We need to provide life boats that we see on our streets in western countries when floods happen, but Jamaica need these resources so when major floods happen, they have the ability to save themselves and community members," Russell said.

He said too that the boats "will be purchased from the UK and USA and shipped to Jamaica. along with life jackets and rescue equipment for community members who will be trained as first response."



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