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Digicel assists flood victims
The Digicel Foundation brought relief to the victims of recent flooding in the west and donated bedding bags to charitable organisations.
After offering assistance to the flood-stricken Just Because Foundation, Home Away From Home in Diego Martin, the foundation donated 100 bedding bags to the Red Cross Society as its stock was severely depleted. The bags consisted of sheets, blankets, bedspreads, face and bath towels.
The items were presented by Penny Gomez, head/director of the Digicel Foundation and fellow directors Sacha Thompson and Desha Clifford, on September 26, at the Red Cross Headquarters, Port-of-Spain.
Red Cross officials including Judy Boopsingh, immediate past president; Augustus Forde, acting director general; Carla Luthra, welfare director and disaster management officer Stephan Kishora welcomed the presentation.
Forde expressed his appreciation to the Foundation for renewing its commitment in supporting the association for another year.
Last year the foundation donated essential appliances and furniture to 16 families from North West Trinidad who were affected by the floods and members visited those areas to assist the Red Cross with the distribution of care packages.
Speaking on behalf of the foundation, Gomez stressed how privileged Digicel felt to be associated with the Red Cross, an international organisation that has proven its great work in the area of disaster response.
“The Digicel Foundation knows that when we fund Red Cross projects, we can rest assured that the people the assistance goes to are those who are truly in dire need of help,” Gomez said.
As the event came to an end, Luthra took the floor and gave an overview of the current Red Cross projects including the Lantern initiative, which involves the donation of solar lanterns to children living in homes without electricity.
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