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CWCO donates to Dorian Relief
By Serena Williams
Oct 14, 2019 - 10:00:09 AM

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Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) donated a 20-ft container full of supplies to the Bahamas Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian relief. The shipment contained cleaning supplies, air mattresses, tarps, batteries, propane fuel, toiletries, emergency food supply kits, first aid kits and more. L to R: CWCO Stores Manager Deno Campbell; Bahamas Red Cross Representative Chris; and CWCO Accounts Manager Welliya Cargill.

Nassau, Bahamas - More relief will soon be on the way to Abaco and Grand Bahama as the Bahamas Red Cross works to unload a 20-foot container full of supplies from Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). The reverse osmosis water supply company shipped the goods from Florida to New Providence to contribute to the Bahamas Red Cross’ ongoing Dorian relief efforts. Cleaning supplies, air mattresses, tarps, batteries, propane fuel, toiletries, emergency food supply kits, first aid kits and more were included in the shipment.

Bahamas Red Cross representative Ms. Mackey said the shipment will help meet ongoing needs for people on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. “Of course in the initial aftermath of any major storm you expect an influx of donations, but the effort to rebuild is an ongoing process. One month later people still need food and necessities, so please, don’t stop the donations. Keep them rolling in.”

CWCO General Manager Bryan Russell said the company wants to do what it can to help those affected by the storm. “It’s just what we as Bahamians do – we come together and support each other. Corporate citizens have a responsibility to the communities they serve, and at no other time is that more true and more essential than in a time of national crisis like this.

“I’m glad to say our Cayman Water operations also donated $3,500 to relief efforts here in The Bahamas through a campaign hosted by the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA), which has encouraged all of its members to contribute to this cause.”

Cayman Water General Manager Manuel Thomaz said, “Cayman Water knows very well what it is like being hit by a major storm. Fortunately, the Cayman Islands has been lucky enough to be out of the hurricane paths for more than 10 years now. However, we do suffer the pain anytime a Caribbean island is not that fortunate and we feel we need to help them with the recovery efforts that take place in the aftermath of a hurricane strike.”    

The Bahamas Red Cross’ Ms. Mackey said donations from corporate Bahamas will go a long way in Dorian relief efforts. “We cannot say how overwhelmed we’ve been with the support we’ve received to date and we trust that it continues, because we’re in this for the long haul. Like I said, the period to bring relief and rebuild is an ongoing process, and we expect it to last at least 18 months to two years.”

According to Ms. Mackey, the shipment of relief supplies from CWCO should go out within the next week. “Everything that was put into that shipment is well-received. We can use all of those items. There’s nothing I can think of that the people on the affected islands need that would have been left out, so we’re very appreciative of CWCO.”

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