Demonstrating their motto of ‘Service Above Self’ by leaps and bounds, Rotary Club International local members continue to step up in assisting their brothers and sisters directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian’s wrath, just over two months ago.
On Wednesday, October 30, members of the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise made a significant contribution to 20 residents on the island that were severely impacted by Dorian.
Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise President, Christel Cartwright explained how the donation came about. “This evening, we are paying it forward. We, the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise, received a donation in the amount of $10,000.00 and thought it best to pay it forward. Each member of our club was asked to select one person in the community that was affected, to be the recipient of a $500.00 voucher that will be redeemable at one of the many local vendors we decided to support, in an effort to assist them with their rebuilding process.
“As we go through this life-changing situation, let us remember to continue to be our brothers’ keepers and strive to give service above self,” stated Cartwright.
As the five local Rotary Clubs have and continue to make meaningful contributions throughout the island of Grand Bahama post-Hurricane Dorian, Cartwright was asked what have club members been doing to assist with the recovery and relief efforts.
“We have been in from day one. As soon as the all clear was given, we hit the ground and we started soliciting funds to assist in purchasing whatever was needed for residents.
“Three days after the storm we were holding giveaways … whatever we felt was needed for residents. We are now in the process of winding down the food items. It has now been two months and so, we are trying to get away from the food items and get into the distribution of building materials. We have been all the way out east. We have supplied East End with tents, basically everything that they need so that they will not have to leave their homes,” Cartwright said.
Additionally, in attendance at the club’s weekly meeting which was held at the Flamingo Restaurant, Castaways Resort was their guest speaker Lt. Commander Clinton Johnson, Executive Officer, Northern Command, Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
According to Cartwright, prior to his address, “Lt. Commander Clinton Johnson is responsible for the Defense Force in the Northern Bahamas. He will be speaking today on the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and the role they played.”