Dominica Business Forum presents funds raised for Cuba & Haiti

first_img 173 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share President of the Dominica Business Forum, Severin McKenzie (left) presenting the cheque to President of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Stewart ParisThe Dominica Business Forum (DBF) presented financial contributions towards recovery efforts in Cuba and Haiti on Wednesday 30 November 2016.The Forum, which is the representative of seven organizations in Dominica, hosted a radio-thon on five radio stations on 20 October 2016 to solicit financial pledges from the general public towards Cuba and Haiti which were adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew.The total collected from the pledges was presented at a handing over ceremony to the Haitian and Cuban representatives at the DEXIA Conference Room. Yesterday also marked the culmination of the 2016 hurricane season.“The time was maybe not as convenient as we would have like it to be, but we still succeeded in raising six thousand eight hundred thirteen dollars and fifty two cents for the cause, to assist the counties in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew which devastated Haiti to a very large extent and the eastern part of Cuba to a lesser extent and some island s of the Bahamas,” President of the Dominica Business Forum, Severin McKenzie said.The DBF decided that the contribution would go to Haiti and Cuba on a proportion of sixty percent to Haiti and forty percent to Cuba.“And although the figure is not big but it’s the gesture of solidarity we want to extend, particularly at this time as we extend our condolences to the Cuba people and the Cuban Ambassador … on the death of Fidel Castro,” McKenzie added.McKenize, who is also a Cuban graduate, noted the importance of presenting the donation to Cuban Ambassador to Dominica Juan Carlos Frómeta following Castro’s death.In accepting the contribution, Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frómeta said the significance of the donation is that the Dominican public gave willingly to support his country.“I think the most important is to know that people are ready to help when other people have a problem. So in this day, in this difficult day, Comandante Fidel pass away so Cuba is very sad but at the same time, I have been very happy because a lot of people have been calling, sending message, email to give their solidarity”.Ambassador Frómeta is pleased with the outpouring and love and support they have received from Dominica in the wake of the hurricane and death of former president Fidel Castro.“So this is most important, forget the money. The most important [thing] is to know is that [if] I have a problem, and we have a neighbor, a friend, a brother close to me, praying to help me and it is the same for us. Thank you very much all persons, people, company from Dominica that donated. Thank you very much,” the Ambassador said.The Dominica Business Forum took a decision to channel the funding to Haiti through the Rotary Club of Dominica.According to Severin, this decision was taken because of the level of transparency that the Rotary Club is known for and the fact that they can depend on Rotary to ensure that the contribution reaches the Haitian people who deserve it.“They can be assured that this money will get to where it is supposed to get and it will reach the people it is targeted at,” President of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth and member of the Dominica Business Forum, Stewart Paris.Paris explained that the funds will be deposited into the Rotary Club district 1730’s account with specific directives that they should direct it to the account of district 1720, with instructions to make it available to the relevant Rotary Club in Haiti,.“And the Rotarians in Haiti will do something similar like we are doing this afternoon and hand it over to the appropriate people,” Paris informed and assured the Dominica Business Forum that when it finally gets to it destination, they will inform them accordingly.– / 10 BusinessLocalNews Dominica Business Forum presents funds raised for Cuba & Haiti by: Dominica Vibes News – December 1, 2016last_img