we needed help, many persons from the region came to help us,
governments sent help for us, and certainly it’s our turn to help now
and we need to step up and help our brothers and sisters,” he said on
the Thursday, September 26, 2019, episode of his radio show.
Currently, the territory is grappling with negotiations over a £300M UK loan guarantee for its own recovery but has already pledged monies and sent aid workers to the devastated neighboring country.
“Yes we are still recovering but whatever little we can give I’m sure they will appreciate it,” MrSmith said as he encouraged listeners to support the Friends of Bahamas Block Party on October 5, 2019, which is looking to raise more funds for the Bahamas Cause.
Already, Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has committed $100,000 towards the Bahamas rebuilding efforts on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands and a Rotary telethon received in excess of $140,000 raised on a telethon held over a four-hour period.
“For those generous individuals and groups who would like to contribute monetarily to the relief efforts, I would urge you to give either through the many registered BVI non-profit organisations who are authorised to raise funds for these purposes and which have counterparts on the ground in the Bahamas,” Hon Fahie said.
According to Mr Smith, “As usual when our brothers and sisters need help, Virgin Islanders always rise to the occasion.”
The Friends of Bahamas Block Party is a ticketed event and will be held on October 5, 2019, starting at 6:00pm. All proceeds will go towards Bahamas' recovery and will be channeled through Rotary.
“This last is important. Even in corporate environments, it is very difficult to remove an underling for incompetence if that underling has seniority and a long history of good performance reviews. As in government bureaucracies, the easiest way to deal with such people is often to “kick them upstairs”: promote them to a higher post, where they become somebody else’s problem.”