The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) in Toronto, Canada, has raised more than CAN$10,000 for victims of Tropical Storm Nicole, which devastated Jamaica in September 2010.
President of the JCA, Ms. Audrey Campbell, presented a cheque for CAN$10,153.87 to Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. Seth George Ramocan, at a brief ceremony on December 20. Several days later, the Consul General turned the cheque over to the Executive Director of Food for the Poor Canada, Ms. Samantha Mahfood, whose Jamaican branch will be using the funds to aid the victims.
President of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) Ms. Audrey Campbell (4th right), presents a cheque in the amount of CAN$10,153.87 to Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. Seth George Ramocan (4th left), which represents proceeds from a fundraising concert held on November 12, for victims of Tropical Storm Nicole. Also pictured are persons responsible for the success of the concert – President of Total Praise, Ms. Simone Banton (2nd right), who got the artistes to perform free of cost. Other members of the JCA are (from left): Vice-President of Volunteer Services, Dr. Sylvanus Thompson; Membership Committee Chair, Ms. Pam Reynolds; Building Chair, Mr. Owen Dunbar; Women’s Committee Chair, Ms. Charmaine Sewell; and long-time member, Mr. Rudolph Gibbs.
Ms. Campbell said the members of the JCA felt it necessary to respond to the appeal made by the Consul General to assist the victims of the tropical storm, which killed 13 persons and left millions of dollars worth of damage in its wake.
Noting that the JCA was happy to assist Jamaica, Ms. Campbell thanked all those who helped to make the November 12 concert a success, including the President of Total Praise, Ms. Simone Banton, who got the artistes to perform free of cost; restaurant owners who donated their food; members of the JCA Board; dozens of volunteers; and the hundreds of patrons who attended the event.
“Many persons were not aware of the extent of the devastation of Tropical Storm Nicole, but Jamaicans came out once we started to let them know what had happened,” said Ms. Campbell.
She said that Food for the Poor, although an international agency, has given a commitment that the funds will go directly to Jamaica.
Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. Seth George Ramocan (right), turns over the fundraising cheque from the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) to the Executive Director of Food for the Poor Canada, Ms. Samantha Mahfood. The money will be used to assist victims of Tropical Storm Nicole.
“They are working with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and have even sent us a list of the projects they are working on,” she said.
Thanking the JCA on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, Mr. Ramocan said he was very pleased and deeply moved that the JCA “took this on so seriously, so promptly and so effectively. Your effort will go a far way in reaching out to people whose lives have been deeply affected.”
Earlier in the year, the JCA organised a similar fundraising concert, which raised C$10,000 for earthquake-torn Haiti.