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C&W foundation launched with donation to help hurricane relief

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Further to its recently announced relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria - including expertise deployment, humanitarian aid drops, and free calls for impacted customers - C&W Communications (C&W) yesterday launched the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation ('the foundation'), with seed funding of US$500,000 to help support humanitarian efforts across the region.

The initial primary purpose of the foundation will be to serve as a fundraising hub, enabling monies raised to be directed to local, regional, and international agencies to execute projects in affected territories. In the longer term, the foundation will also support other charitable and community causes in the markets the company serves. C&W also announced a concerted drive to raise further funding from partners, suppliers, and individual donors, including the launch of a 'Text To Donate' campaign.

John Reid, C&W's chief executive officer, said: "The 2017 hurricane season continues to have a grave impact upon some of the markets in which we operate, and the present situation requires a concerted effort to provide much-needed relief. What has been truly uplifting, however, is the huge desire among our employees, partners, and customers - as well as our extended Liberty Global family - to help improve the situation on the ground. The establishment of the foundation is our commitment to do just that, and we're looking to get everyone involved to help drive hurricane relief and other humanitarian efforts."

He concluded, "The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation is our deep, long-term commitment to drive much-needed funding into markets requiring relief, to enable rebuilding efforts, and the return to the vibrancy that represents the Caribbean culture, as well as in the long term, enable further development opportunities."