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Rotary telethon raises nearly $100K for St Vincent

Not the monies mentioned in the story.

The BVI Rotary Family yesterday hosted a telethon which raised funds and pledges totalling $92,815.82 to support the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) who are experiencing significant devastation due to the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.

The funds and pledges were raised in approximately two-and-a-half hours.

According to the BVI Rotary family, the objective of the telethon was to raise funds but the BVI community and indeed the world also received a wealth of knowledge from speakers here as well as in St Vincent about the impact of the volcano.

SVG Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries Honourable Sabato Caesar joined the event and gave a brief on how the ‘Bread Basket’ of the southern Caribbean was upended by this disaster.

He was preceded by BVI’s Director of Disaster Management Mr Jasen Penn who is working closely with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in St Vincent and was, therefore, able to bring viewers and listeners up to speed on the current situation.

Other speakers included BVI Premier Andrew Fahie, Rotary District 7020 Governor, Charles Sealey, Past District Governor Vance Lewis, Past Assistant Governor Gerard Farara, local businessman Derek Corea and Honourary Consul for SVG Bishop Ishmael Charles — himself a Vincentian.

The telethon was preceded by a bucket collection ‘brigade’ where Rotaractors and Interactors collected cash from persons on their way home from work. The Rotary Family says more than $2,700 was collected by these young people.

Sponsors of the telethon were JTV Channel 55 and 284 Media who carried the telethon live on FaceBook. Radio stations including ZBVI, ZKING, ZVCR and CBN also carried a live broadcast.

The government and civil organisations are also organising to send a barge with supplies to St Vincent with water and supplies donated by the BVI.

Additionally, the government is working on a plan to accommodate Vincentians for a temporary period.

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  1. SHAFT says:


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    • @shaft says:

      if history will repeat itself, no, the people who in need not going to see any of it. They will have to go through all kind of red tape to get a roll of toilet paper and the wealthy will get stuff. Corruption will carry on but on another level

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  2. BuzzBvi says:

    Pretty sure the barges will get their money. Hope, as someonw else posted, that they are supplying them to the Gov for free as pay back for the $Million dollars windfall they had chasing the fast drug boats.

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  3. lol says:

    Gonsalves campaign coffers looking good now buddy

  4. Stewwwe says:

    The real question is
    Will the ppl in St Vincent get the money??
    Or it won’t be enough for the bvi ppl to thief
    That’s all the good at robbing ppl

  5. SVG says:

    Thank you BVI

  6. SVG says:

    Thank you BVI…from the bottom of our heart

    • Reply svg says:

      Did you receive the money yet
      If not keep your thank you
      Cause it money might never reach st Vincent if it pass though the vip hands

  7. Good News says:

    Some good news at last. Unfortunately, I suspect the VIP Government will try and claim credit for this

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  8. Reply good news says:

    You get that right
    The bvi don’t help down island ppl so easy

  9. Just wait says:

    If it’s handled like all the hurricane relief BVI received where the citizens in need never benufited and no accountability and the bvi covid stimulus that was a public rape of finances then it’s all more of the same. Hopefully the Vincentians are honest people and will so right with donations before it rain fire and brimstone on them. Be honest in your dealings

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