Radio-thon raised over $20,000 for Philippines Disaster Relief

Over CI$20,000 was raised through the recent radio-thon for the Red Cross Philippines Disaster Relief Fund to help the half-million people left homeless by Typhoon Ketsana. Many Cayman workers are from the Philippines and their families have lost everything.

On Saturday, 10 October, every radio station in Grand Cayman held live remotes encouraging people to stop by and give. Donation locations included all Foster’s Food Fair stores, Hurley’s Supermarket, Kirk Home Centre, Kirk’s Supermarket and the Tortuga Rum Company in Industrial Park.

‘The funds raised here in Cayman will assist in providing shelter for some of the Filipino families left homeless,’ said Hemant Balgobin of the Cayman Islands Red Cross. ‘The Red Cross in the Philippines in conjunction with the International Federation Red Cross aim to support 100,000 of those affected, providing fresh water and food, hygiene supplies and other necessities for these families.’

The island-wide radio-thon was organised by local Cayman businesses to support the Red Cross relief efforts.

Companies involved include Cayman Islands Red Cross, CITN, Digicel, DMS Broadcasting (HOT 104, CAYROCK, KISS, and X-107), Foster’s Food Fair, Hurley’s Entertainment (Rooster and Z-99), Kirk Home Centre, Kirk Supermarket, Paramount Media (VIBE and SPIN), and the Tortuga Rum Company.

Digicel customers can text short code 4244 or help to donate $1.00. Digicel will match the funds raised through texting. Donations from small and large businesses are also encouraged.

‘This has been an amazing group effort which came together very quickly,’ said Jeremy Ebanks, general manager, Tortuga Rum Company. ‘All of Cayman can be proud of the generosity of so many individuals that will help the people of the Philippines. Now we want businesses to join in this cause.’

Cash and checks payable to the Red Cross continue to be welcomed, Bank of Butterfield: Red Cross Philippines Relief Fund # 02201035054.For more information, contact the Cayman Islands Red Cross at 949-6785 ext. 27.