Dolphins’ Alumni Club visits Grand Bahama

GROUP – The 2019 Sands Cup Winners pose alongside Bahamas Golf Association Executive Anthony Hinsey and Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company Sales Supervisor Damien Humes.

The Miami Dolphins’ Alumni Club teamed up with the Mission Resolve Foundation, and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) this past Saturday, October 5 for a special day of delivering relief items to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

The trio of organizations spent most of the day traveling neighborhood to neighborhood providing fresh drinking water and other relief related items.

During their time on the island, the aforementioned organizations made a special pit stop at the Falcons Boys Club Champs Missions Community Center, where they also joined the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) in distributing relief items. 

On that day, which also included a fun-day and freshly prepared barbecue courtesy of the GBPC, Nat Moore, who serves as the senior vice president of special projects and alumni relations for the Miami Dolphins, shared some brief words of encouragement to the hundreds of kids and adults in attendance. 

After he introduced a few of the former players, and the organizers that helped to make the trip possible, Moore shared that teamwork and staying together would help residents on the island to get through the tough times brought on by Hurricane Dorian.

“This is a Dolphins’ team. We are successful because we band together. The reason we’re here today is in support of some of our partners that are going to help make life better for you in the coming months. 

“We’re here to support you and help you but ironically you’ve got to do your part and sometimes that’s just being studious and doing what’s asked.

“Most importantly, we want to be a part of the solution for the future.”

Head of NEMA, President of the Senate K. Forbes-Smith also offered gratitude for Darrin Rolle, president of the FBC, and his missions of empowering young men on the island. 

“We wanted to show the support to Darrin and all the work he’s doing at this facility and working with these young boys. If anyone knows Darrin, he’s never a nuisance but he’s going to call you. It doesn’t matter what you say or tell him no or yes he’s going to call you.

“And with that kind of fortitude that’s why he is successful today in doing what it is he’s doing. We want to congratulate Darrin and this entire team for working with these young people every weekend.”

President and Chief Operating Officer of the GBPC David McGregor offered, “The men and women of GB Power had been working all night marinating, and they’re here serving food along with cold drinks and ice. 

“It’s just a pleasure being out here and serving the community in which we operate.” 

McGregor also admitted that over 15,000 homes’ electricity has been restored since crews started operation two weeks after the storm. 

“I think we’ve powered more than that, now. Every day we’re putting more people on as people get their houses clean and dry. We’re probably at 16,000 now and every day a few hundred more.”

McGregor also announced that street lights would be powered as of this week and in the days to come. 

Since Hurricane Dorian hit the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, Mission Resolve Foundation has donated over 400 pallets of humanitarian aid, which included 30,000 pounds of water, 275,000 pounds of canned and dry food and 150,000 pounds of household supplies. 

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