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As part of relief efforts for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, members from the 4-H Club of the St. Martin De Porres Primary School in Gordon Town, St. Andrew, today (February 11), handed over non-perishable food items and clothing to the Salvation Army.
Speaking to JIS News following a brief handing-over ceremony at the Salvation Army’s Territorial headquarters in Kingston, Public Relations Officer for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Ms. Karelle McCormack, said the donation was part of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ overall Haiti relief effort, which began shortly after the earthquake struck Haiti last month, with emphasis on collecting items for the country’s children.
“The Jamaica 4-H Clubs is a youth-training organisation, so the decision from the Board level and senior staff, was that we would concentrate our focus on the young children in Haiti, because many children have been displaced. A lot of children immediately became orphans, so they basically need to be comforted. So, we immediately activated all our parish offices across the island, all 14 of them, and they are now officially collection centres for items such as these,” she said.
Noting that this will be an ongoing effort, Ms. McCormack said that previously, donations were made at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ parish offices in the western region, including St. James, Hanover, Trelawny and St. Ann.
“There are other parishes that are collecting, and they are waiting until they have amassed quite a good amount and then they will send them up,” she further informed, adding that today’s donation also included items from St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Mary.
Ms. McCormack said that the 4-H Clubs’ contribution would not be limited to the Salvation Army, but would also be donating to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and other agencies. “Some parish (offices) are also organising cash donations and we’re hoping to see if we can probably give that through the fund that RJR has going,” she said.
The Salvation Army’s Chief Secretary for the Caribbean territory, Colonel Lindsay Rowe, who received the items, said that the donation would be helpful to the organisation’s own relief and recovery efforts for Haiti.
On Tuesday, January 12, a massive 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti, devastating the capital Port-au-Prince. Jamaica has joined other countries in the relief and recovery efforts, and has been designated as the hub for CARICOM’s contribution.