National Security Minister Wayne Caines has issued an appeal for “some good benefactors” to help underwrite shipping costs for the last set of relief supplies bound for the Bahamas.
Speaking at the news conference held on Tuesday to update residents on Tropical Storm Jerry, the Minister said all-in-all, Bermudians donated $1.5 to $1.7 million worth of goods.
“So first of all we’ll like to thank the people of Bermuda for giving,” said Mr Caines.
“We saw videos and we have seen pictures of the people in the Bahamas receiving those goods.
“There was a second load of goods stored at the Hamilton Seventh Day Adventist Centre, that was all packaged and sent to a staging area. A number of our local shippers, at their personal expense, packaged it and shipped it overseas.”
Some of it is waiting to go on its last leg abroad, he added.
“We do need some assistance in covering the costs, we have about $15,000 in costs.
“We just need some good benefactors to help us to underwrite the costs for the last bit of these goods going overseas – to help defray the shipping costs. And we need support in getting $15,000 worth of these costs defrayed.”
On September 6 the Minister issued the rallying call for for people to donate goods for the hurricane-ravaged islands of the Bahamas.
Bermudians answered the call and in one weekend donated more than 100 tonnes of hurricane relief supplies for the devastated survivors of Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane that pulverized vast areas, leaving thousands homeless.
The Royal Navy combined forces to transport and load tonnes of aid onto HMS Protector on September 8, with the help of local truckers who volunteered their time and services to transport the goods to the ship.
Local residents also donated more than $187,000 in funds for the relief effort to the Bermuda Red Cross. Accounts are also set up at the island’s local banks.
Photo Courtesy of Bermuda Memes