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George's, Immaculate contribute to Haiti relief

Published:Monday | February 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Struck by the suffering caused by the earthquake which destroyed Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, one month ago, students at the Immaculate Conception High School and St George's College raised $500,000 which has been donated to the relief effort in that country.

A cheque representing the amount was presented by Immaculate head girl Samantha Powell and Craig Anthony Jervis, head boy at St George's, to Food For The Poor acting Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Peralto Jr, at Immaculate on January 27.

St George's principal Margaret Campbell said student leaders at the schools actually collected $280,000 which was matched by a donation from an unidentified sponsor. Campbell and Sister Angella Harris, principal at Immaculate, witnessed the presentation.

Port-au-Prince was devastated by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12. The United Nations estimate that more than 200,000 people were killed by the worst natural disaster to hit the impoverished Caribbean state in 100 years. The Immaculate- St George's donation is one of many by Jamaican organisations to the Haitian cause. Teams from the Jamaica Defence Force, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, and medical personnel also travelled to Port-au-Prince to assist in the recovery process.

Students at the Immaculate Conception High School and St George's College raised $500,000 which has been donated to the relief effort in Haiti.