Trinidad Express / Tumpuna councillor Brennon Patterson said the Arima Borough Corporation has taken their relief initiative for Dominica to a new level by launching the drive online.

This initiative is one of the many ongoing to assist the Caribbean island which was battered by Hurricane Maria recently.

Last Tuesday, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit issued an impassioned plea after widespread devastation struck the island. Skerrit posted “My roof is gone!” I am at the mercy of the hurricane.”

In the aftermath of the Maria, Patterson and several volunteers were sorting and stacking items at Martin’s Plumbing Warehouse, O’ Meara Industrial Estate, Arima. The items which included water, canned foodstuff such as corned beef, sausages, crackers, chocolate cookies, baby milk as well as sanitary napkins and deodorant were donated for victims of Irma’s wrath.

Irma had unleashed her fury on Antigua, Barbuda and St Maarteen.

Patterson said: “We have collected items for Irma. We will be launching an online drive for victms of Maria tonight. We want to help Dominica. We thank all the volunteers and the “good Samaritians’ who have reached out to Caribbean brothers and sisters.” Irma/Maria collection drive

The Irma/Maria Collection Drive is an initiative of the Arima Volunteer Network, which was launched in August by Arima Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein.

The humanitarian drive is also done in collaboration with Project Euro State, ITNAC  (Is There Not A Cause) and its founder Avonelle Hector-Joseph, Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Terry Rondon and the Sangre Grande Volunteer Network.

Volunteers such as Matthew Terbrink, from the Civil Affairs Arm of the United States Embassy also paid a site visit to determine how they can help.

Patterson said people still wishing to contribute towards the effort can drop off items at the Arima Town Hall or at the councillors’ offices.

We thank everyone, including Mayor Lisa Morris-Julian for their support,” Patterson said.

Further information can be accessed via telephone numbers 799-6522 and 667-3449.



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