The Help Haiti Today Radiothon has raised over $107,000 in five hours to help Haitians whose homes and lives have been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.
Three weeks ago the powerful storm wreaked havoc on certain parts of the country, affecting over two million people.
Capital Media HD, Barbados TODAY and the Rotary Club of Barbados, hosted the fundraiser at Capital Media’s headquarters at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, to contribute to the rebuilding process.
Outside the recording studio, five volunteers manned the phones, taking pledges from listeners, while members of the public, including children, stopped by to make their donations to the cause.
Six-year-old Adriana Schalkwijk decided to help after seeing the destruction on the news. The St Winifred’s student raised $12.80 by collecting bottles around her Pine Gardens, St Michael home. Inspired by her daughter’s efforts, her mother Alexandra Malaga raised the amount to $140.80.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY, President of the Rotary Club of Barbados Brenda Pope urged the public to donate what little they can.
“The $10 and $20 add up, because 100 $10 [bills] is still $1,000.”
She further appealed for the public’s support, saying that Barbados would need assistance should tragedy strike.
“Imagine if the whole of Barbados had no facilities to help, then we would be wanting our Caribbean neighbours to help us. Imagine if we had been hit, how we would want other people to be providing assistance to come in and help us so we need to be appreciative.”
Pope gave the assurance that the funds donated will be directly distributed to the affected communities.
“You can be sure that the money will go to the rotary clubs in Haiti and they will go to the individual clubs and they will use it as is appropriate for that particular area,” she said.
Also providing a sizeable donation was businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams, who said he was considering visiting or sending a team to provide relief to the country.
“We need to try to look after our brothers and sisters across the Caribbean because nobody else is going to look after them so we have to be self-sufficient,” Williams said, while commending the fundraising initiative.