Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Guyana's Haiti cash donation reaches $245Million

The cash donations that the Guyana Haiti Relief Committee has collected as at yesterday stood at $245M, according to the bank statement. But judging from the amounts donated yesterday Guyana still has its Caricom sister state at heart.
Yesterday several companies and groups as well a schools handed in millions of dollars in cash and clothing to Committee chairperson, Minister Priya Manickchand at the Civil Defence Commission boardroom.
Leading the pack was the donation of monies totalling $5.17M representing the amounts raised in a telethon by Upper and Central Berbice Chamber of Commerce development association.
On January 15, the Little Rock television station management, with assistance from the New Amsterdam Rotarians and officials of the various religious bodies, hosted a telethon to realise the amount.
The accounts remain open and according to Little Rock manager, Naomi Christie, who was among the donors, “our accounts at Demerara Bank and Republic Bank remain open.”
“This is just the beginning and Guyanese need to remember that our sisters and brothers need us in Haiti at this hour…and will for along time to come as they rise from the devastation.
Her mother, the owner of little Rock handed over the cheque to the Committee Chairman.
Women and Mothers for Mothers and Children in Haiti, an organisation that includes women from every sector and section of Guyana, yesterday handed over cash amounting to $1.39 M.
Hyemawattie Lagan, administrator of the Women’s Affairs Bureau, said that her group raised the amounting cash from knocking on doors during their first walkathon staged last Saturday to raise funds for the women and children affected by earth devastation in Haiti. She said the group managed to collect food items and clothing by the truckloads to fill more than 30 barrels.
“This is just the beginning because we see and feel the pains of the mothers and children of Haiti and we know that they will need years of assistance to rebuild their lives so we have other fundraising efforts planned to show the women and children in Haiti that Guyanese women are with them and we feel their pains,” Lagan said.
She also noted that the efforts are not only targeting Georgetown. “We are going nationwide.”
The Guyana Haiti Relief Committee also collected donations of $1M each from representatives of the Guyana Lottery Company as well as the Hand in Hand Insurance Company.
Regal Stationary handed over $300,000 in cash; GAWU staffers donated $97,500; Gem’s Productions in collaboration with Princess Buddy’s Hotel donated $220,000 in cash, which was raised from a concert staged at the hotel last Saturday.
Other donations included twenty bags of clothing and computer supplies from Metro office staffers.
Stewartville Secondary School donated $101,100 while Monar Educational Institute donated $41,000.
These donations do not include the amounts donated to the CDC and suma at NCN yesterday.

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