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East London mums join international effort for Dominica aid

GIRL POWER: (From left) Natalie Leonna Royer, Antonia Fender, Lashayna Inglis and Jade Roberts have teamed up to help raise money for Dominica

A GROUP of east London mums are appealing to their local community to offer aid to Dominica after the Caribbean island was hit by a tropical storm last month.

Members of the community are being encouraged to show solidarity and support for Dominica in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika by attending a fundraising event this weekend (Oct 4).

The event, organised by east Londoners, Antonia Fender, Jade Roberts and Lashayna Inglis and Natalie Leonna Royer, will celebrate elements of the Caribbean culture and will include music by a live DJ, kids entertainer, raffle prize and a photo booth.

On August 27, Tropical Storm Erika dumped an estimated 12 inches of rain on Dominica during a six-hour period, leaving islanders in despair and putting the island back at least 20 years.

One of the organisers, Natalie Leonna, told The Voice: "It is vital that myself and the other three ladies, as well as the rest of the community lend a helping hand to Dominica as the country was set back 20 years through the devastation left by Tropical Storm Erika. Many affected have lost everything including basic needs."

She continued: "This is an international effort that will need a great amount of help. It is our families and our nation that is suffering so it is up to us to do what we can to ensure they get what they need and to aid in the relief effort and rebuilding of Dominica."

DEVASTATING: Tropical Storm Erika dumped an estimated 12 inches of rain on Dominica last month

Over the past four weeks, the passionate group has held mass collections and sent clothes and food over.

With Saturday's fundraiser the mum's aim to reach a "minimum of £500 to go towards more essentials needed, as well as shipping costs and money to go to the official bank account for Dominica aiding in the purchasing of building materials and general reconstruction of damaged areas of the island."

For further information, follow:

FB: Relief for Dominica
IG: @relieffordominica @natalieleonna
TW: @DA_Relief

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