Hurricane Relief Fund Established at New York Consulate


A Hurricane Ivan Relief Fund has been established at the Jamaica Consulate in New York to assist Jamaicans affected by Hurricane Ivan, which hit the island on the weekend.
This establishment of the fund came after a meeting with Consul General, Basil Bryan and Governor of the State of New York, George Pataki on September 10. The meeting was also attended by officials from the Empire State Development Corporation, the Office of the Mayor of New York and Consul Generals from other Caribbean territories.
After the meeting, Governor Pataki called a press conference announcing the creation of the fund, which was extensively covered in the media.
A special meeting involving community leaders, government officials and members of the clergy in the tristate area was also held at the Consulate on September 15 to focus on a viable community response to Jamaicans in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.
According to Dr. Bryan, “the community’s response to the current recovery programme will have tremendous impact on those who have been most adversely affected and will advance the work of all the agencies involved in the reconstruction effort.”
So far, the Consulate General has received a comprehensive list of needs from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), which has been sent to Governor Pataki and distributed to the Jamaican community.
In the meantime, donations to the relief fund have been coming in and the Consulate is awaiting permission from the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, to designate the fire stations in New York as drop off/collection points.
Donations can also be mailed to the Consulate General of Jamaica at:767 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10017.

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