The British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) has joined other organizations across the world by pledging its support to raise funds for the Philippines after the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan on November 8.
Managing Director of the BVIPA Mr. Claude O. Skelton-Cline said the decision was made during the BVIPA’s recent general staff meeting. He said, “We came together and decided that we must make some meaningful contribution to assist those persons in need.”
He continued, “We have since consulted with the BVI Red Cross who is communicating with their counterpart in the Philippines. The Red Cross advised us that monetary donations are best suited as food items and other non-perishables may take too long to get to those who really need help now.”
Mr. Skelton-Cline also called on the BVI community to also assist, stating, “We are raising funds within the Authority but are also calling on persons in the BVI community to join with us.”
Human Resources Manager Ms. Sophia Cupid, who is leading the fundraising efforts, said the Authority is collecting monetary donations between now and November 29, after which, the Authority will be making a presentation to the BVI Red Cross.
The BVIPA is joined by many other agencies and governmental organisations who have pledged support recently. Locally, The Filipino Association of the BVI is planning various fundraisers. The BVI Red Cross is also planning to host a telethon to raise funds.
Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE has also called on residents to offer their support to victims.
As indicated on the United Kingdom’s (UK) official Government website (www.gov.uk), the UK is providing urgent support for up to 800,000 people affected by Haiyan.
The website further states: “Thousands of people in remote communities have lost their homes and everything they own. They are in the open and completely exposed to the elements.” The BVI Ports Authority is charged with facilitating the safe, efficient and effective operation of the related cargoes and passengers transiting the BVI’s seaports.