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'Caribbean Day of Giving' radiothon for hurricane victims

DESTRUCTION: A boy surveys the damage in the Dominican Republic (image credit: UNICEF)

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 2017 has been designated the 'Caribbean Day of Giving' and will involve members of the Caribbean diaspora and friends of the islands participating in a radiothon to support those affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The radiothon will feature notable interviews, music and updates from affected countries.

The Caribbean Day of Giving is being organised by a Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition, representing and promoting a collective Caribbean Diaspora response to the disaster relief. The coalition, consisting of various community leaders, was formed to urgently respond to the current disasters and develop a long-term structure. The goal is to directly develop and coordinate relief activities whilst sharing information about other credible initiatives.

During the radiothon, appeals will be made for individuals to donate through various giving platforms, including direct calls, text messages and the Internet. Opportunities for individuals wishing to donate in-kind goods will also be mentioned. Donations will be made to the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund 501(c)3, an arm of the tourism agency Caribbean Tourism Organisation, which has already raised over $12,000 in response to the disasters.

The radiothon will be a full day event and incorporate programmers on WVIP-FM (93.5) in the USA, as well as other participating stations in the NY tri-state and beyond.

“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 USA.

“To this end, we extending an open invitation for all radio programmers, community groups and businesses to become a part of this most important day”, she concluded.

The relief efforts on the 'Caribbean Day of Giving' will benefit the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes. CDEMA works with the disaster management agencies in the various countries and will prioritise action in partnership with the countries.

For more information on the Caribbean Day of Giving, click here.

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