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In solidarity with our Caribbean neighbours

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the Mexican earthquakes have inflicted death and devastation across the Caribbean islands and significant parts of the United States and Mexico over the past three weeks. Tragically, many very poor countries were caught in this cataclysmic spiral of destruction, when nature went wild, destroying the lives of others and shaking many fragile economies to the core.

Jamaica is a relatively poor country and we are certainly not in a position to donate in any meaningful way to the relief efforts of these countries. However, we can show these countries and, indeed, the world that although we are poor, we can still care for our brothers and sisters reeling from the impact of these disasters.

Jamaica has some of the world's most-renowned artistes and athletes. This Heroes' Day, why don't we have a grand concert highlighting the extraordinary talents of our athletes and entertainers? Let's open the concert to the world, charge for attendance, and have callers from across the globe calling in and donating to a Jamaica disaster fund that will be aimed at helping the island states in their recovery efforts.

Apart from showing that we care for others, the tourism industry would certainly benefit. And what better way to commemorate our heroes than by showing that we care?

Colonel Allan Douglas