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Usain Bolt Foundation assists with Haiti relief

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 10:00 AM

KINGSTON:

The Usain Bolt Foundation (UBF) has announced that it has partnered with Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica to provide relief for communities in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The amount of the relief is not being disclosed.

However, instead of donating cash, the UBF supported Jamaican businesses by buying non-perishables and water from Lasco Distributors and FFP will be responsible for the distribution.

The non-perishables included corned beef, canned mackerel, chicken sausage, water crackers, baked beans and food drink.

"We were saddened to hear of the devastation in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew," said Bolt, patron of the foundation.

"I was particularly moved when I saw the pictures of the children who were affected and who had become homeless. We had to do our part to relieve some of the suffering of our Caribbean children."

FFP Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood was honoured that FFP was chosen as the vehicle for distribution.

"Food For The Poor has been instrumental in bringing aid to Haiti, and we are humbled that the Usain Bolt Foundation has chosen to collaborate with us in assisting the Haitian people."