Off the Peg, Rotary help Haiti

Off the Peg clothing store is
joining the Rotary Clubs of the Cayman Islands providing much needed supplies
to earthquake victims in Haiti. 

“Each year we contribute to
worthwhile causes on the islands and were set to do the same in 2010,” said Off
the Peg owner Karen Marshall.  

“The earthquake in Haiti however
has changed our direction and we are reaching out to our Caribbean neighbours
in need.”

The store is donating the entire
remaining 2009 stock of clothing to Haiti, which is worth approximately $10,000.

“If our 2009 closed stock can bring
something positive into the lives of the victims of this tragic natural
disaster, we’ve achieved far more than we could have ever dreamed,” said Ms
Marshall. 

The donation is being sent along
with other supplies through a combined effort of all the Rotary Clubs in the
Cayman Islands.  Joseph Hew, the Country
Disaster Chair for Rotary District 7020 is coordinating the shipment. 

“So far the Cayman Clubs have sent
over a doctor and more than US$18,000 of specialised medical supplies,” he
said, saying the focus is now shifting to food and shelter.

 “Haiti has many families that rely solely on
their farming and road side shops as their financial means of survival,” said Mr.
Hew.

“It is not our intention to take
away any of their business, but to provide needed medical supplies, food,
clothing and shelter to those that cannot afford it.  Our donations are being distributed through
the Rotary club in Haiti.”

Rotary is a non-government organization
in Haiti and has been instrumental in operating medical clinics and shelters
for hundreds of people in the country’s outer regions.

For
information on how to help or contribute to the relief efforts organized by the
Rotary Clubs of the Cayman Islands, email: [email protected] 

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