JIS News

The Jamaican Association of Bermuda has donated over US$8,000 in cash and kind to the country’s recovery effort, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan in early September of this year.
Of this amount, US$5,000 in cash will go to the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR). A container of food, adult and baby clothing, valued at approximately US$3,400, which has been consigned to the Jamaica Red Cross, is expected to arrive in Jamaica later this week.
In an interview with JIS News, Winston Lalor, Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Bermuda, praised the government of Bermuda for helping the association in its fund-raising effort.
He added that more help was on the way, as pledges from the national telethon held in October, which realized some $150,000, have not yet been apportioned. The telethon was spearheaded by the West Indian Association of Bermuda.
President of the Jamaican Association of Bermuda, Marlene Flynn-Simons told JIS News that the money represented proceeds from a number of events staged by the association.
She noted that two of the events – a cruise around Bermuda, dubbed ‘God Bless Jamaica’, and a dinner/dance, under the theme, ‘One Love, One Heart -were staged in September and October.
“Members of the Association worked tirelessly for two weeks in preparing the container. It is our token of love that we are sending at this particular time, just before Christmas, to show the spirit of giving at this time,” noted Mrs. Flynn-Simons. The Association will also be contributing $2,500 each to Grenada and Haiti, which were also damaged by hurricanes.
The Jamaican Association of Bermuda is a registered, charitable organization of Jamaican nationals domiciled in that country.