The “Help 4 Haiti Charity Drive” a project of the San Fernando City Council (SFCC) in conjunction with several non governmental organizations and the San Fernando Volunteer Network got an international boost on Saturday night with large foodstuff donation from none other than Jamaican reggae artiste Jah Cure.
In a release from the office of the Mayor of San Fernando Kazim Hosein, it was stated that at 10 pm on Saturday, Jah Cure who was in Trinidad over the weekend for a performance in Laventille visited the warehouse at Victoria Village, San Fernando with a pick-up van filled with food stuff for the hurricane ravaged Haiti.
“I was really at a loss for words when I got the call from Jah Cure telling me he wanted to come to San Fernando and make a donation,” Hosein told Newsday yesterday.
“He called me late last night (Saturday), I was already asleep when the call came through.
He said he wanted to donate to the cause. Imagine he is living in Jamaica and while in Laventille heard what we were doing here and contacted me.” Hosein continued: “We opened the warehouse for him and the man ‘back’ a pick up and start to off load stuff. I began to ask myself if it was real. I couldn’t believe it.” Hosein said he had met Jah Cure before – on Saturday night. He said he the artiste sang for him and gave him an autographed CD.
The SFCC under the guidance of the Mayor launched the Help 4 Haiti initiative after reports of the near complete devastation of the southwestern peninsula of Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.
The response has so far been overwhelming with persons from all walks of life making donations, organizers reported.. Last week among those donating was a man who lives on the streets of San Fernando.
“I really thank him for taking time to visit the city and making a contribution,” the mayor added.
It was noted that the items most needed for Haiti are non-perishable food items, drinking water, clothing, medical supplies and basic medicines, and building materials.
While cash donations are not being accepted, donors are being sought to cover the shipping costs to Haiti. Those payments can be made directly to the shipping company.