Recently, Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm devastated the Island of Dominica. On Union Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Leader of the Energy Band, Godfred Ollivierre teamed up with Radio Grenadines, Union Island Easterval Committee and the Union Island Disaster Committee to form an organising committee to plan a benefit concert and donation drive dubbed “Union Island for Dominica”.
On Thursday 5th Oct 2017 the benefit concert and donation drive was held at the Hugh Mulzac Square with over 20 performances by persons on the Island. A designated area was set up to receive donations of food items and clothes, cash donations were also collected via a recycled water bottle.
Several cases of soft drinks were donated by generous shopkeepers on the Island, because of this, the total bar sales were added to the cash donations.
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Following the concert, members of the organising committee came together to start the long process of sorting and packing the donated items.
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On Wednesday 11th October 2017 a total of 12 Barrels + 1 Suitcase containing both food items and clothes were labeled and sent off on the M/V Gemstar from Union Island to Mainland St Vincent, these items were collected by NEMO SVG to be forwarded to Dominica.
Cash donations were made by persons and institutions on Union Island as well as the many donations made at the concert by persons dropping cash into a recycled bottle, the sales from a soft drinks bar were also added to the list of cash donations.
The Total amount of cash donations and bar sales amounted to Three Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty-Seven dollars and Fifty-Five cents (EC $3,467.55) which was counted and verified by persons representing groups on the organising committee.
CASH PURCHASES BREAKDOWN
The organising committee decided during their meetings to convert the cash received to items that were really needed in Dominica. The items that were purchased includes:
4 Nebulizer Machines and associated Medicines – EC$1,066.37
Pampers and Diapers – EC$1,269.40
Food Items: 4 Sacks of Sugar, 3 Sacks of Rice – EC$1133.26
Total Spent: EC$3,469.03
Cash Donations & Sales : EC $3,467.55
(nb $1.40 was added to donations in order to complete purchases)
These items were also placed into the care of NEMO SVG to be forwarded to Dominica.
The Members of the Organising Committee (Godfred Ollivierre, Sherma Selby Adams, Chris Adams, Abdon Whyte and Stanton Gomes) would like to thank all the persons who came out and supported the concert, who donated items and cash.
The Benefit Concert and Bar were made possible by the following persons whose united contributions produced a successful relief event for Dominica.
Melva and Francis Alexander
Silmo and Petty Alexander
Kash and Karry
Zimron FolyeFoster Adams
Kanisha Peters & Jamilie Whyte
Sustainable Grenadines Inc.
Band Member of Energy
Kerise John – BOSVG
Royal SVG Police – Union Island
Ferddie and Clifford John
Tobago Cays Marine Park
Union Island Tourism Board
Residents of Mayreau & Canouan