JN Foundation launches disaster fund

October 06, 2017
A woman pushes away water from her property after the passing of Hurricane Irma in St John's, Antigua.

The JN Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds that will assist Caribbean islands which were devastated by the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The campaign, called 'Help Our Caribbean Neighbours', was launched recently.

Onyka Barrett-Scott, partnerships and development manager, JN Foundation, said the devastation to several Caribbean islands caused by the hurricanes is heart-rending.

"This is a sad and difficult time for many persons across the Caribbean region; and we stand in solidarity with everyone affected by these disasters. There are many needs that now exist, therefore, we've chosen to respond by raising funds to assist with the response and recovery efforts," she said.

Barret-Scott said that the generosity of donors would help to meet some of the hurricane-related needs; and support the recovery plans in the affected countries in the region. The target for the relief fund is US$10,000, (approximately J$1.28 million).

"I urge everyone to support the many families and children in need by giving to this Disaster Relief campaign; and please donate whatever you can. A little can go a very long way," she added.

Persons can donate to the fund by visiting the ISupport Jamaica platform at www.isupportjamaica.com and clicking on the donate button; by using JN Live; or by visiting the nearest JN Branch or JN Money Shop and making a contribution to the JN Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, account number 2094267610.

Several islands were affected by the major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which swirled across the northern Caribbean leaving a trail of physical and human disaster behind.

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