7 barrels,12 boxes off to Dominica

Seven barrels and 12 boxes of relief items are on their way to Dominica after Barbadians gave generously to the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Give-A-Thon dubbed The Road To Recovery.

Members of the NCF’s plant and equipment team loading the packages on to the vehicle. From left, Don Haynes, David Als, Ronnie Rock (bending on truck) and Steve Husbands.
Members of the NCF’s plant and equipment team loading the packages on to the vehicle. From left, Don Haynes, David Als, Ronnie Rock (bending on truck) and Steve Husbands.

Just over a week ago, the NCF staff led a convoy of local entertainers and volunteers in a motorcade across the island as part of Barbados’ fund-raising efforts to assist its sister Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation which was recently battered by Tropical Storm Erika.

Cheryl Welch, NCF staff member and coordinator of the Dominica: Road To Recovery Give-A-Thon handing over the paperwork for shipping.
Cheryl Welch, NCF staff member and coordinator of the Dominica: Road To Recovery Give-A-Thon handing over the paperwork for shipping.

At the four main stops –– Saint’s Tyre Shop in Speightstown, St Peter; The Glebe Playing Field in St George; the BIDC Complex in Six Roads, St Philip; and the National Stadium in St Michael, Barbadians willingly turned up and donated a variety of items.

Barrel preparation!
Barrel preparation!

Several people also left packages of donations at specific points or delivered them directly to the NCF.

“After all the sorting and packing, the collection tallied seven barrels and boxes with a variety of items –– from insecticides, antibacterial and household cleansing agents to cleaning and cooking utensils; canned foods and other non-perishable items; clothing and school supplies; and necessities for personal hygiene,” the NCF said in a statement.

The foundation’s acting chief executive officer Wayne Webster lauded the staff for their efforts and commitment to the cause, and also praised the organization’s festival suppliers and partners for their support.

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