DIGICEL COORDINATES RE­LIEF EF­FORTS WITH COR­PO­RATE JA­MAICA

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The dam­age wrought by Hur­ri­cane Irma has sparked a fresh wave of giv­ing from cor­po­rate Ja­maica, as a num­ber of com­pa­nies quickly joined hands and re­sources with Digicel to send much-needed re­lief to some of the is­lands worst af­fected by the storm.

Af­ter se­cur­ing an 8,000 tonne cargo ves­sel from the Mar­itime and Trans­port Ser­vices Ltd., Digicel, along with part­ners Facey Com­mod­ity Co. Ltd., First Caribbean In­ter­na­tional Bank (CIBC) and Wisynco are wast­ing no time fill­ing it with much-needed items in­clud­ing food, wa­ter, first aid, ba­sic hy­giene sup­plies, tele­coms equip­ment and con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als. The ves­sel, which de­parted Ja­maica on Fri­day headed for An­guilla, Turks and Caicos and The Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, is ex­pected to make its first de­liv­ery stop by Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20.

Roger Drinkall, Sales Di­rec­tor at Facey Com­mod­ity Co. Ltd. shared, “We all want to help our Caribbean neigh­bours who were af­fected by Hur­ri­cane Irma. When Digicel reached out to us and told us what they were do­ing, a num­ber of our part­ners quickly jumped at the op­por­tu­nity with a ma­jor dona­tion for the is­lands. Se­prod and Facey have pro­vided var­i­ous food and drink items, while PA Ben­jamin has con­trib­uted crit­i­cal first aid sup­plies.”

Like­wise, Wisynco’s Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing, Fran­cois Chal­i­four said, “Wisynco is more than happy to serve our Caribbean broth­ers and sis­ters just in the same way we of­ten help our Ja­maican broth­ers and sis­ters. The na­tional dis­as­ter that re­cently oc­curred with Hur­ri­cane Irma will have such a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect for many in the weeks and months to come, to a de­gree where some is­lands will never fully re­cover. We stand ready to as­sist wher­ever we can and urge all Ja­maicans to sup­port our Caribbean neigh­bours.”

Wisynco con­trib­uted 2,000 cases of wa­ter while CIBC gave wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion items and ad­di­tional first aid and hy­giene sup­plies. Mean­while, Tankweld Ltd will be cov­er­ing all port and load­ing costs to get the ves­sel sent off as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Wendy Lawrence (cen­tre), In­ven­tory Con­troller for Digicel, col­lects pack­ages of items from Christo­pher Pow­ell (right), Di­rec­tor of PA Ben­jamin, while Roger Drinkall, Na­tional Sales Di­rec­tor for Facey Com­mod­ity Co. Ltd, looks on.

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