BLP acts to help Dominica
The opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has established a Dominica Children’s Relief Fund to assist Dominican children affected by the unforgiving floodwaters of Tropical Storm Erika.
In a hastily called press conference at the Opposition Office today, BLP leader Mia Mottley made an impassioned plea to Barbadians for help for Dominicans struggling to recover from the devastating damage dealt by the storm.
Calling it an “unexpected storm which Dominica had not been prepared for,” Mottley said Dominica had always been a supporter of Barbadian artistes and now was the time for Barbadians to give back.
“They weren’t even on a tropical storm watch . . . and it has caused catastrophic damage. The situation is grim,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader told reporters.
“Apart from offering our support as individuals, as a party and in whatever form that we can, I’d like to be able to appeal to Barbadians that they find a way of focusing on extending our helping hand to the children of Dominica in whatever way we can.”
In revealing the establishment of the Dominica Children’s Relief Fund, Mottley said account 455392 had been opened at Scotiabank where people can make donations.
She also announced that a relief concert featuring several of Barbados’ top artistes would be held sometime in October, with the proceeds going to the fund.
Meanwhile, BLP General Secretary Jerome Walcott said while Dominica was in a bad state, without urgent assistance, things would get increasingly worse.
He pointed to the possible spread of water-borne diseases, especially since the number of bodies being recovered are expected to rise.