Caribbean diaspora to host 'Day of Giving' for hurricane victims

September 25, 2017
Some of the damage left in St Martin after it was ravaged by Hurricane Irma last week.

Saturday, October 7 has been designated 'Caribbean Day of Giving'. On that day, the Caribbean diaspora and friends of the Caribbean will be taking action through a radiothon to support Caribbean countries affected by the recent hurricanes, Irma and Maria.

'Caribbean Day of Giving' is a full day of concentrated efforts to donate to relief efforts in the affected Caribbean countries. The radiothon will feature interviews, music and updates from affected countries.

The day is being organised by a Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition, representing and promoting a collective Caribbean diaspora's response to the disaster relief.

The coalition, consisting of various community leaders, was organised to urgently respond to the current disasters and develop a long-term structure. The goal is to directly develop and coordinate relief activities, while co-sharing other credible initiatives.

During the radiothon, appeals will be made for individuals to give through various platforms, including direct calls, text messages and the Internet.

Opportunities for individuals wishing to donate in-kind goods, will also be featured.

Donations will be made to the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund.

"This is an excellent opportunity for all of us in the diaspora to come together to help these countries severely impacted by these hurricanes, as well as to demonstrate the collective will and power of our Caribbean diaspora community", said Akelia Lawrence-Maitland, Jamaica Diaspora Advisory board member to the Northeast US. "To this end, we are extending an open invitation for all radio programmers, community groups and businesses to become a part of this most important day."

The relief efforts will benefit the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.

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