GraceKennedy do­nates to hur­ri­cane-hit Haiti

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HUR­RI­CANE-RAV­AGED HAITI is to re­ceive a do­na­tion val­ued at over J$2.5 mil­lion in non-per­ish­able food items from GraceKennedy Ltd.

This do­na­tion is bound for Haiti through Food For The Poor (FFP) Ja­maica, which re­cently made a public ap­peal for do­na­tions fol­low­ing the di­rect hit from Hur­ri­cane Matthew ear­lier this week.

Don We­hby, group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of GraceKennedy Ltd, said that the com­pany re­sponded im­me­di­ately to ap­peals for help for Haiti af­ter see­ing the ex­tent of the de­struc­tion that oc­curred.

“What I have seen on­line and heard from Food For The Poor about the sit­u­a­tion re­ally breaks my heart. Ja­maica es­caped this storm, but sev­eral coun­tries have re­ally been hit and we all just have to come to­gether and do what we can to bring re­lief at this time,” We­hby said.

He added: “Hur­ri­cane Matthew has again re­minded us of how vul­ner­a­ble our re­gion is to the risk of ex­treme weather events. A dif­fer­ent level or nor­mal will be re­quired of us all as we work out how to plan for these nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, some of which, like Matthew, won’t fol­low nor­mal or ex­pected pat­terns.”

Among the items be­ing do­nated are crates of por­ridge mixes, corned beef, sausages, mack­erel, cheese, beans, juices and water prod­ucts.

GraceKennedy staff are also plan­ning to col­lect items of cloth­ing and other es­sen­tials to send to Haiti through FFP Ja­maica.

‘NEEDS VERY VAST’

David Mair, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor for FFP Ja­maica, said the needs are so vast that all con­tri­bu­tions are wel­comed.

“We are touched by GraceKennedy’s re­sponse and thank the staff and lead­er­ship for this do­na­tion. This will help meet the very vast needs that are com­ing to our at­ten­tion. While we are aware of the num­ber of lives lost and have seen im­ages of the da­m­age, a full as­sess­ment is yet to be made, and so the loss of lives and da­m­age are likely to be so much greater. We con­tinue to be grate­ful to all Ja­maicans who are mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to lend a hand at this time,” said Mair.

Other forms of con­tri­bu­tion from GraceKennedy’s sub­sidiaries and part­ners are also un­der way.

Hi-Lo Food Stores has set up col­lec­tion points at its 13 lo­ca­tions and is sup­port­ing FFP’s ap­peal for non-per­ish­able items. All do­na­tions will be col­lected by FFP, which is or­gan­is­ing ship­ment of items to Haiti. FFP’s Haiti of­fice will han­dle dis­tri­bu­tion there.

WE­HBY

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