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JAMPRO collects supplies for Haiti

Published:Monday | October 17, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Houses damaged and destroyed by Hurricane Matthew line a mountain road in southwestern Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. An international relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew entered a more advanced stage Thursday as a second US military ship arrived off Haiti's coast and UN convoys and non-government organizations began reaching more isolated communities.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Relief supplies collected by the staff of JAMPRO are to be shipped soon to Haiti for persons who were affected by Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the island recently.

The items were loaded on Friday at JAMPRO's offices in New Kingston and taken to Food For The Poor, who will ship them to Haiti. The initiative was supported by exporters who do business with the agency.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, who was on hand to assist with loading the items said Jamaicans should show their gratefulness for not being hit by the storm by supporting the Haiti relief effort. He said the staff at the agency has shown goodwill towards their Caribbean neighbours, and the gesture must be commended.

"This is an opportunity for corporate entities and individuals to contribute to the Haiti Relief Fund," he told JIS News. For his part, vice-president for export and market development at JAMPRO, Robert Scott, said the agency secured consumer goods through a collaborative effort with several manufacturing and export companies.

"Some of the products are syrups, juices, canned peas, pasta, bleach and soaps that are very useful at a time like this," he told JIS News. He lauded the staff of JAMPRO for their "care and concern", noting that the exporters "bonded together", to give the products.

Jamaicans wishing to assist Haiti may deposit funds to the NCB Kingston account: 212-387-304 or make donations in kind to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management on Haining Road, in the Corporate Area. Exporters who supported the drive were Very Amazing Products Ltd, Island Products Manufacturing Ltd, Salada Foods Jamaica Ltd, Canco Ltd, Blue Power Ltd, Norsai Enterprises Ltd, and Jamaica Macaroni Factory. Transportation was provided by Fabian Chung, managing director of Fair Trade Auto.