Over $1M Raised For Covid-19 Medical Supplies

April 15, 2020

The Bermuda Hospitals Board today thanked international and local businesses in Bermuda who have collectively raised $1,044,000 to date for essential medical supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment and ventilators.

BHB said, “CEO of Hiscox Bermuda, Mike Krefta, helped coordinate the industry’s fundraising efforts, which included contributions from Allied World, AmTrust Group, Aon, Ascot Bermuda, Aspen, Assured Guaranty, Australia-Japan Cable Limited, AXA XL, Axis, Bermuda Chiropractic Association, Bermuda Dental Association, Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers, Bermuda Medical Doctors Association, BF&M, Catalina Holdings, Chubb, Colonial, CPGB Insurance Management, Enstar, Fidelis, Fidelity International, Guy Carpenter, Hannover Re, Hiscox, Jardine Matheson, KPMG, Lancashire, Liberty Specialty Markets, Markel, MS Amlin, OIL & OCIL, Orbis Management, Par-La Ville Dental, QIC Global, Sompo International, Third Point Re, Transatlantic Re and Willis Re.”

CEO & President, Venetta Symonds, comments: “We are extremely grateful for this donation, which helps the hospitals, staff, patients and country by purchasing vital medical supplies at a time of great financial and social uncertainty. Thank you to our Chief of Nursing, Judy Richardson, who made the initial contact with Hiscox and detailed our needs.

“Our appreciation goes to the donors who are helping us care for those most seriously sick with COVID-19. We have prepared to the best of our ability to meet the potential challenges ahead and this donation means so much to us as we seek to protect and equip our staff and provide the critical care services people may need to save their lives. We thank you for your caring and support.”

Mr Krefta says: “Coronavirus is affecting all of us in some way, and so all of us must contribute to the response. I’d like to thank ABIR, ABIC, Richard Winchell Executive Director of ABIC, Myra Dill BMDA Communications Director and Bill Shields, Chief Financial Officer of BHB, for all their significant efforts in helping with this appeal.

“I’m really proud of how Bermuda’s insurers, reinsurers, brokers, investment managers, local insurance companies, financial service companies and medical associations have come together to support the hospital at this time, but like everyone I’m even prouder of the work that those on the frontline are doing, so I hope our collective contribution makes a real difference for them.”

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  1. Community First says:

    This is an outstanding example of generosity in our Bermuda community.

    Combine this with the EMO Emergency Fund of $500,000 and the many significant corporate gifts direct to critical service organisation to get a full sense of the magnitude of philanthropy flowing in Bermuda.

    With this kind of initiative and all the others we should be able to quickly solve our COVID -19 testing shortage in Bermuda.

  2. Are kidding me? says:

    Thank you,thank you to all of you for this generous contribution…

  3. Good memory says:

    Whilst I agree and applaud these amazing and thankful donations, I have not forgotten the Premier’s speech to his dedicated followers only a few months ago. In this speech he chastised the status quo and highlighted the very enemy who are indeed contributing to this extremely important and necessary cause. Some Bermudians might forget this, but I for one will not forget the nasty vitriolic comments that spewed from his mouth, ably supported by many in his political party. Let’s try to move on from here, but I have my doubts that any pandemic will change the mindset of some who govern.

    • A$$ says:

      Well it certainly has not changed your mindset troll!

      • Double S says:

        He/she is right. Whether you like it or not.

  4. Let's Keep It Real says:

    I have not seen any blogs on here, but I wonder if this is possible.Since Dunkley’s and Barritt’s produce items locally I wonder if they can alter their machinery like Anheiser-Busch and produce hand sanitizer for local use.

    • Real it is says:

      They are no more equipped to do that than Spinning Wheel or Place’s Place are. You could try asking them, or maybe take a look on google and find out why

    • saud says:

      Do Dunkleys and Baritts actually distill alcohol?

      Try to keep it real.