Post-Irma aid is Carib-bound

New York Daily News - - NEWS - JARED McCAL­LIS­TER

Help for the Hur­ri­cane Irma-bat­tered Caribbean is on the way to the re­gion — com­ing through di­as­pora con­certs, re­lief ef­forts and gov­ern­men­tal com­mit­ments.

Over the com­ing months, I’ll de­tail ini­tia­tives, like these: l In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned en­ter­tainer Lyrikal and fel­low soca star Ker­win Dubois are pre­sent­ing a Queens con­cert to­day ben­e­fit­ing the Ro­tary Club's District 7020, which is op­er­at­ing re­lief ef­forts in the Caribbean’s Irma-hit ar­eas.

The Soca for Life Ben­e­fit Con­cert will be held at the Mazi Night Club, 130-35 91st Ave. in Rich­mond Hill from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. — hosted by pop­u­lar Caribbean co­me­dian Ma­jah Hype and star­ring Skinny Fab­u­lous, Mr. Legz, Prob­lem Child, Twists, One Voice, Ted­dyson John, Ri­cardo Drue, Lyrikal and Dubois and oth­ers. For tick­ets, visit http://bit.ly/so­cafor­life.

Lyrikal has also part­nered with the West In­dian Amer­i­can Day Car­ni­val As­so­ci­a­tion and the Caribbean Amer­i­can Cen­ter of New York to col­lect ma­te­rial and mon­e­tary do­na­tions (of any amount). For a list of needed items — such as non­per­ish­able food and wa­ter — and drop-off lo­ca­tions, call WIADCA at 718) 467-1797 and CACNY at (718) 625-1515. l With French St. Martin’s hur­ri­cane vic­tims in mind, the In­vest Caribbean Now global pri­vate sec­tor agency has set up a GoFundMe page to “help the tens of thou­sands who have lost ev­ery­thing.”

The fund-rais­ing ef­fort will ben­e­fit the global non­profit Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse or­ga­ni­za­tion — which has been fly­ing plane loads of emer­gency goods to the French ter­ri­tory in the wake of the deadly storm.

ICN founder Feli­cia Per­saud urged all firms that con­duct busi­ness in the Caribbean to pitch in and help storm sur­vivors.

To con­trib­ute to the In­vest Caribbean Now GoFundMe aid for hur­ri­cane vic­tims in St. Martin, visit www.gofundme.com/caribbean­hur­ri­canere­li­ef­fund. l Call­ing the Hur­ri­cane Irma dam­age “much worse” than that suf­fered by the main­land United States, Gov. Cuomo and New York State made com­mit­ments to to aid the U.S. ter­ri­tory.

Cuomo — who trav­eled to the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands last week, met with Brook­lyn­born USVI Gov. Ken­neth Mapp and wit­nessed the dev­as­ta­tion on St. Thomas and St. John first­hand — an­nounced that 100 Na­tional Guard troops and 30 State Po­lice of­fi­cers will be sent to St. Thomas to help with se­cu­rity. In­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions can con­trib­ute to the of­fi­cial USVI re­cov­ery ef­fort by visit­ing www.usvire­cov­ery.org. l Tourism to An­tigua can help fuel re­cov­ery ef­forts for storm-bat­tered Bar­buda, ex­plained Asot Michael, An­tigua and Bar­buda's Min­is­ter of Tourism, not­ing that tourists who visit and spend money in dam­aged-spared An­tigua can ben­e­fit Bar­buda, which was se­verely hurt by the storm.

Oth­ers can do­nate to char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions by visit­ing www.ab­con­sulate.nyc. l An­guilla Pro­gres­sive As­so­ci­a­tion of New York, en­dorsed by the gov­ern­ment of An­guilla, is an of­fi­cial hur­ri­cane re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tion for the restora­tion of An­guilla. To do­nate and more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.apa­ny­do­nate.org. The APANY, which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial as­sis­tance to An­guil­lans at home and abroad, was started in 1996 in re­sponse to the de­struc­tive Hur­ri­cane Luis. l Health City Cay­man Is­lands hos­pi­tal ea­gerly pitched in to the Cay­man Is­lands gov­ern­ment's re­lief ef­fort send­ing needed up­plies, medicines and med­i­cal staff to An­guilla, a fel­low Bri­tish Over­seas Ter­ri­tory. Us­ing Cay­man Air­ways planes re­lief sup­plies, med­i­cal and disas­ter man­age­ment staff, medicines, wa­ter and non-per­ish­able foods have were sent to An­guilla last week.

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