West Indian Association Launches Appeal

April 29, 2021

The West Indian Association of Bermuda has launched an appeal to help the victims of the volcanic eruption in the island of St Vincent.

A spokesperson said, “The hearts and prayers of the West Indian Association [WIA] [Bermuda] go out to our brothers and sisters in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“The WIA [Bermuda] is launching an appeal to help the victims of an ongoing volcanic eruption in the island of St Vincent. The eruption of the La Soufrière volcano forced the evacuation of approximately 20,000 residents of St Vincent with the island covered in ash and rock fragments.

“The WIA notes the pledge from the Premier of the Government of Bermuda and joins the relief efforts to ensure recovery for St Vincent, which was battling with the effects of COVID-19 before the eruption of the volcano.

“The WIA will partner with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Association [CDEMA], in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Organisation [NEMO].

“The WIA has previously raised funds via a Telethon in 2017 for the islands of Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands [BVI] for recovery from hurricanes.

“The most recent efforts from this venture was WIA being the major sponsor of a bus for the Eslyn Henley Richiez Centre, BVI. The Centre provides for children with special needs and their previous bus was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. More information on this can be found here.

“Members of the public can donate to our bank accounts at Bank of Butterfield Account No. 2000 6060 8700 30200 and HSBC Account No. 011 055 662 001, with the notation of SVG Volcanic relief in the details.

“Please support WIA’s fundraising efforts to rebuild St Vincent with the love and warmth of the Bermudian people.”

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