After a resoundingly successful Help Haiti Today Radiothon, the Rotary Club of Barbados received its first cheque of $50,000 from Capital Media at the station’s Limegrove Lifestyle headquarters.
The fundraiser was held on October 22 in response to the devastation Hurricane Matthew caused when it hit the French-speaking Caribbean nation earlier that month.
Hundreds of Barbadians enthusiastically came to the aid of the country, with many visiting the radio station or calling to make their donations.
President of the Rotary Club of Barbados Lisa Cummins graciously thanked Capital Media’s chief executive officer Vic Fernandes for his philanthropic efforts, and said the funds will be used to help provide water for Haitians.
“We are going to be supporting one of the most basic things in Haiti – access to water, the provision of water, water purification . . . support for water initiatives over all,” Cummins said.
Following the presentation, Fernandes revealed to Barbados TODAY that Capital Media would be establishing a Capital Cares Account to be used locally “when there are situations of need that might not necessarily need publicity but require attention”.
He said it was important for the media to promote positive activities.
“I think media in particular have an opportunity to demonstrate to the public at large that we are more than just entertainment, we play a part in our society that we care [about]. We can use our airways to do some good without in any way comprising our bottom line,” Fernandes contended.