British Virgin Islands

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020

RTW Group sets fundraiser for hurricane ravaged Bahamas - Company opening check-out counter for donations from BVI customers

As the Virgin Islands responds with humanitarian efforts following the devastation of parts of the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, Road Town Wholesale Group of Companies has announced that starting Friday, September 6, 2019, RiteWay Food Markets, Fine Foods and Cash and Carry locations across the Virgin Islands (VI) will launch a territory-wide campaign, that will give customers an opportunity to support the residents of the Bahamas through donations at store checkout counters.

"RiteWay has received numerous requests from customers about how they can help support the residents and communities affected by Hurricane Dorian," the release said, while noting that donations at any of the register remains a convenient way for customers to make a difference in the lives of families affected in the Bahamas.

Further, the company indicated that they will match all donations to a maximum of $10,000 toward Hurricane Dorian relief efforts and that all monies accepted will be donated to the Government of the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday September 10, 2019 the Rotary clubs of the Virgin Islands will be hosting a telethon to also assist the people of the Bahamas.

Persons wishing to know how else they can assist the Bahamas are encouraged to make contact with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

The hurricane made landfall as a Category 5 storm on September 1, 2019 and battered the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, in the north of the archipelago, for two days, causing several families to be displaced from their homes and contamination of potable water facilities.

Images showed cars flipped and battered, roofs torn off, and flooding with as many as 13,000 homes being severely damaged or destroyed, according to a statement from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The killer storm, the strongest to ever to make landfall in the country, wiped out in some cases, entire neighbourhoods with a death toll of at least 20 as of Thursday, September 5, 2019, according to CNN.

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