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Soufriere residents assist hurricane-ravaged Dominica

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Residents look at damaged buildings after a mudslide caused by the rains from Tropical Storm Erika in Montrouis, Haiti, on August 29, 2015. Erika left at least 20 people dead when it swept over the tiny island nation of Dominica, officials reported, as the system barreled through the Caribbean threatening Haiti. Witnesses in Montrouis report one person was killed because of the mudslide, but there is no official confirmation.  AFP PHOTO/HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents look at damaged buildings after a mudslide caused by the rains from Tropical Storm Erika in Montrouis, Haiti, on August 29, 2015. Erika left at least 20 people dead when it swept over the tiny island nation of Dominica, officials reported, as the system barreled through the Caribbean threatening Haiti. Witnesses in Montrouis report one person was killed because of the mudslide, but there is no official confirmation. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

PRESS RELEASE – A resident of Soufriere, Mr. Fabian Charles, in collaboration with the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), JJ’s Cruiser and Dub Masters has taken on an initiative to help the people of Dominica who were  affected as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Erica.

The initiative dubbed, “Soufriere to Soufriere” involves collecting supplies from business places and residents of Soufriere to donate to affected households in Dominica.

According to the project initiator, Mr. Charles, “When Soufriere was affected by Hurricane Tomas, other countries rallied with us in our recovery efforts.

Therefore, we are calling on the Soufriere community to support this initiative by donating food items, clothing, baby supplies and other items that may be useful to our suffering brothers and sisters of Dominica.”

Collection of relief supplies will be done on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.  Donations of supplies can be made at the Soufriere Constituency Office from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

In addition, residents of Soufriere town could look forward to a collection truck with a recorded announcement driving around the town circuit on Thursday to collect supplies from 10:00 to 6:00 pm and the rural areas from 4:00 to 8:00 pm of the same day.

Through the efforts of the Soufriere Foundation the group has contacted the Dominica Office of Disaster Management.  On Saturday morning an 80 foot long catamaran will be leaving the Soufriere docks for Dominica to deliver the supplies. The vessel will be met in Roseau by officials of the Dominica Office of Disaster Management who will be responsible for transporting the supplies to the Commonwealth of Dominica Relief Aid building.

The Soufriere to Soufriere initiative has thus far attracted the support of the Soufriere Foundation which has pledged EC$10, 000 towards the recovery effort, Cool Breeze Jeep and Car Rentals, and other prominent local business houses.

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