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Carib Cement leads flood victims' response - Company donated 3,000 bags of the product

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:00 AMPaul Clarke
Prime Minister Andrew Holness with Peter Donkersloot (right), general manager Carib Cement, look at the cement donated by the company for the recent flood victims, on Tuesday.

On the day when the nation was imbued with the spirit of volunteerism and amid fresh memories of the destruction caused by floodwaters across the country last week, Caribbean Cement Company has put its money where its mouth is with a significant contribution.

The Rockfort-based company has donated 3,000 bags of cement bearing market value of $3.2 million to Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Tuesday (Labour Day) for the assistance of flood victims. The ODPEM will have responsibility in the distribution of the cement.

Peter Donkersloot, general manager said that while Carib Cement has made the move out of the need to assist, it was his wish that others in corporate Jamaica would find the need to do more especially where there is a greater need.

"Corporate Jamaica needs to come on board in these cases to help the most vulnerable," Donkersloot said.

Sophia Lowe-Pinnock, corporate communication and public relations manager at Carib Cement, told The Gleaner that the decision to donate the item arrived out of a previous meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

"As a company we saw the need; before we had the flooding about a month ago, the country was getting a tremendous amount of rainfall. We had a formal meeting with the prime minister and it was out of that, we recognised that this was something serious," Lowe-Pinnock said.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com