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The Westmoreland Parish Council has added its support to the Haiti earthquake relief effort, opening a bank account where persons can make monetary donations.
At yesterday’s (Jan. 14) meeting of the Council held in Savanna-la-mar, His Worship the Mayor Councillor Bertel Moore, pledged $10,000 of his own money to the fund.
He told JIS News that the Council has seen it “extremely necessary at this time to move without hesitation, to assist our poor, unfortunate, and suffering brothers and sisters in Haiti, and therefore, we have announced the opening of an account at the Bank of Nova Scotia so that the thousands of citizens across Westmoreland can come forward and make their contributions”.
“We will also be collaborating with our churches across the parish, to collect clothing, shoes, blankets and all other useful items to be sent to Haiti. We are hereby making special appeals to all those who are able and especially our professionals and members of the business community to come forward now and show that we care,” he stated.
“It is very serious and heartrending what has happened in Haiti and we truly sympathise with them and will be doing our best in seeking to make their lives a little more comfortable,” Mayor Moore added.
Shortly after the Council meeting, Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Westmoreland, the Hon. Dossell Sinclair sent a van loaded with clothing, shoes, household and personal care items to the Council.
Custos Sinclair also made a commitment to transport donations to the designated collection point for shipment or airlifting to Haiti.
Secretary-Manager of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Opal Beharie added her support for initiatives by the Council to assist the people of Haiti.
“We are in solidarity with them and share their pain and loss. As a country and as a parish and a council, we support whatever efforts that are being undertaken to assist in relieving some of the pain and suffering of the people of Haiti at this time,” she stated.
She said that citizens and business persons, who would wish to contribute cash or kind such as water, clothing, bedding, shoes and other items to the drive, to contact Parish Disaster Co-ordinator, Rev. Hilma Tate.

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