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C&W establishes large fund for hurricane relief

Published: 
Monday, September 25, 2017
C&W airlifted and shipped emergency supplies including water, food and medical supplies on a daily basis to affected islands. PICTURE COURTESY C&W

Cable and Wireless Communications (C&W) recently launched an international appeal in support of regional humanitarian activities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The Company recently announced the establishment of its regional Foundation which immediately gave an initial donation of $34 million as a direct response to the emerging needs in the region.

T&T Guardian spoke with Denise Williams, SVP Communications, C&W, to discuss why the Company is undertaking this initiative.

“With Hurricane Maria still impacting our region, and the significant loss of life and property in Dominica, Anguilla, BVI, TCI, Barbuda and Puerto Rico, we had to get involved. We are a long-standing company in the region so this is very personal for us. The very sad fact is that today, families, women and children are living without basic necessities, shelter, food and water —they need our help and they need it now,” she said.

Williams said, “We established the regional Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation and donated US$500,000 in seed funding. We have now initiated an appeal to our regional and international partners to join us as we continue to deal with this crisis.”

Williams also took the time to acknowledge the Cable and Wireless employees who are also driving numerous activities across the region to help, including donating to the Company’s fundraising activities via voluntary salary deductions.

“Members of the C&W family in Provencidiales (TCI), Grenada, Barbados and Jamaica have launched their in-country donation drives to supplement what we are doing as a Company and we expect our other markets to join in soon. We are truly Cable and Wireless Strong,” she said.