The Hurricane Matthew Relief Program, coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Miami Dolphins Organization for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home (GBCH), has concluded.
On Monday past, a final donation of gifts was made at the home’s location.
According to Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Sports Manager at the Ministry of Tourism, the relief effort began to aid the GBCH after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in early October of 2016. These efforts resulted in three brand new generators being donated to the home.
“We would like to thank the Miami Dolphins. They were here in November and saw firsthand the damage caused on this island by Hurricane Matthew. So this morning we are now here delivering these generators,” he said.
Chotoosingh also announced the presentation of toys to the children home from the Ministry’s Plantation Office’s toy drive. He also thanked other partners for their assistance. They include the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Bahamas Customs Department, the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF), and the Ministry of Finance. Inzy Jones, Administrator for the GBCH expressed appreciation.
“On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Children’s Home, we wish to thank the Ministry of Tourism and the Miami Dolphins for making this wonderful gesture to the Children’s Home. We are very appreciative of the donation and the gifts,” she said.
Jones further stated that she was positive that the children would have a ‘wonderful New Year’ with the items given.
Tammi Mitchell, Supplies Officer and Deputy Co-Chair of the Disaster Committee for NEMA also attended the presentation and spoke briefly about the relief efforts.
“On behalf of the National Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Administrator’s Office and the Ministry for Grand Bahama we are appreciative of everything done to assist all of these organizations in getting supplies and toys to the Children’s Home,” she said.
Mitchell admitted that the task has been “daunting” but said they were finally able to complete it and ensured that everything that needed to be done was done.
Mitchell added that persons who are still in need of assistance for hurricane relief would need to apply to Social Services and ensure that their names and home addresses are logged with them.
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017