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Eight million dollars and climbing! - Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund gets big boost

Published:Friday | November 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Red Stripe's head honcho Cedric Blair (left) with Food For The Poor's Andrew Mahfood and Portland fund-raiser chair Dr Andre Foote smile for the camera.
Jamaican superstar reggae singers Tony Rebel (left) and Tarrus Riley get a photo op with Ann-Marie and Daryl Vaz (who started it all), the Portland fund-raiser. The artistes, along with Dwight Richards and Friends, gave their performances for free. PHOTOS BY Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer
Rejeanne Campbell (left) and Belinda Williams of the National Commercial Bank hang out with Guardsman Group's Byron Purkiss at Wednesday night's Portland fund-raiser held at Earl's Court.
Robin and his fab wife Rene Rickhi were among the Driftwood Club posse in attendance at the fund-raiser.
Opposition Leader Andrew Holness greets Tarrus Riley, who performed free of cost for the event.

Corporate entities and other donors have so far contributed in excess of $8 million to the Portland and Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. And to seal the deal, scores of kind hearts converged on the residence of Amber Stewart in Earl's Court, St Andrew, on Wednesday, November 21.

Chaired by Dr Andre Foote, committee members Paula Pinnock-McLeod, Shelly-Ann Curran, Glen Christian and Andrew Cocking busied themselves throughout the evening as they hosted the event. And, as guests mingled, spectacular musical entertainment was provided throughout the four-hour-long function. Giving of their time for free were Dwight Richards and Friends, Tony Rebel, the inimitable Dean Fraser and Tarrus Riley.

The delectable fare was provided by Rainforest Seafoods, Jamaica Broilers, Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Select Brands, Juici Beef, MegaMart, Hamilton Smoke House and Hugh Gentles. On board for liquid libations were Diageo, Wisynco and Wray & Nephew.


Dr Andre Foote said the passage of Hurricane Sandy had left damage that Government could not handle alone, so citizens had to be proactive in order to help meet the reconstruction and other needs.

"Three weeks ago we launched this fund with a view to benefit those affected most and to date the support has been overwhelming. We took a decision to assist those citizens in all affected parishes ," Foote said.

While noting the challenge with disbursement, he said the committee elicited the assistance of Food For The Poor, an organisation that has an unimpeachable track record of integrity, and so far things are going smoothly. He thanked everyone involved and promised further updates on the work of the committee.

In his response, West Portland MP Daryl Vaz, who made it in spite of being ill, thanked the guests for their attendance and contribution and expressed pleasure that relief would soon be a reality for persons in the three parishes affected. Other sponsors included CSE Holdings, Phase 3, and the Victoria Mutual Building Society, whose locations will have drums for relief supplies.