Cayman Islands Red Cross raising money for Haiti

A view of houses in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Thursday. Hurricane Matthew caused devastation across the country. - Photo: AP

The Cayman Islands Red Cross is participating in an international Red Cross Federation effort to raise US$6.9 million for Haiti relief after much of the country was devastated by Hurricane Matthew two weeks ago.

The Cayman Islands Red Cross said in a press release that the international federation aims to help 10,000 families over the next 12 months.

The release states, “Initial priorities have been identified as clean water (with a very high risk of a significant rise in cholera), food (with extensive damage to plantations in the worst affected areas), shelter (with 175,000 currently living in temporary accommodation) and emergency health services (with 60,000 people currently in need of medical help).”

Several local companies are pitching in, including a charity cruise last week on the Jolly Roger, and promotions at Foster’s and BlackBeard’s giving part of the proceeds from specific items.

The Cayman Islands Red Cross Hurricane Matthew Appeal will remain open until Friday, Nov. 11, according to the press release.

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Cayman Red Cross Director Jondo Obi said, “The Haitian people affected by Hurricane Matthew were also the first to respond to the disaster. They know better than anyone else what their immediate needs are and the International Federation of the Red Cross recognizes that they should be consulted and involved in relief efforts, particularly with their intimate knowledge of the area they live in.”

For information on how to donate, contact the Cayman Islands Red Cross on 949-6785.

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