Monday 14 October, 2019

Jamaica Red Cross appeals for financial donations to help Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian hit Northern Bahamas on September 1, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian hit Northern Bahamas on September 1, 2019.

The Jamaica Red Cross (JRC) is appealing to the public to help provide support to the Bahamas Relief efforts by making financial donations.

Individuals wishing to support relief efforts in the Bahamas may donate to the Red Cross’ Emergency Appeal – Bahamas: Hurricane Dorian.

Money raised will go towards the Bahamas Red Cross’ ongoing response and recovery efforts in the affected islands.

Donations may be made via online transfer to the Jamaica Red Cross Bank of Nova Scotia account 20499 (Crossroads Branch). Persons may also deliver cash or cheques to the Jamaica Red Cross Headquarters at Central Village, St. Catherine.

According to JRC Deputy Director General, Lois Hue, “while we appreciate the in-kind donations such as water, food and other supplies, at this time it is increasingly difficult to coordinate getting these supplies to the Bahamas in the soonest possible time, based on the current conditions.” She explained that with financial donations, it is easier for relief officials to manage, as well as match to the specific needs identified.

The Jamaica Red Cross, part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is already providing support services, as members of the JRC Psychosocial Support team have been deployed to Bahamas to help assist those who have experienced trauma.

Hurricane Dorian hit Northern Bahamas on September 1, 2019, as a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with winds of up to 185m/ph (298 km/ph) and has been recorded as the most powerful hurricane to make landfall. The most affected islands are Great Abaco and Grand Bahama.

The IFRC has also launched an Emergency Appeal seeking a total of 3.2 million Swiss francs (US$3,221,600) on a preliminary basis to enable the Federation to support the Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 5,000 families (20,000 people) for 12 months.

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