The Mayor and members of the Charity Drive Committee including Sadiq Baksh, Sayeed Mohammed of Eagles Transport and Cusbrocon Services Ltd., as well as corporate volunteers from LAING who generously donated and provided labour, machinery and logistics, were on site to see the shipment off.
Items being sent include non-perishable food items, drinking water, clothes and shoes, medicines and medical supplies, and building materials. “We received hundreds of donations from people across Trinidad and Tobago, and they will definitely make an impact for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti,” said the Mayor.
He specially thanked all the donors who made the drive extremely successful as well as the members of the Charity Committee and all partnering groups such as the Barakah Foundation, the Rotary Club of San Fernando, ONE Love Trinidad, JTA, Edoo’s, Dumore Enterprises, and the San Fernando and Penal-Debe Disaster Management Units.
Each container holds approximately US$27,000.00 in goods and the average cost of shipping is US$2,000.00 per container. Donors who wanted to give monetary contributions were directed to pay the shipping company directly if they wanted to cover the full cost of a container, or alternately to pay into the Mayor’s Fund which has allocated money towards shipping costs. The Abdul Aziz Trust and Friends in Action are among such donors. Once in Haiti, goods will be distributed by the Haitian NGO ADNO, working under instructions from His Worship to ensure that help reaches to the departments which are most in need – Grand Anse, Sud and Nippes.
The Penal-Debe Disaster Management Unit is still open as a collection point for persons still wishing to donate items for Haiti relief. These items will be shipped through Global Brokerage Limited on the CMA CGM shipping line.