Posted by William Inniss on Nov 14, 2019

The Rotary Club of St Thomas II Donates USD$20,000 for Dorian Relief

Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise Shelter Clean-up


The Rotary Club of Abaco restarts meeting again!

The Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas annual Foundation Gala Dorian Relief Recognition

Report on This Week’s Progress in The Bahamas

 We continue to work as clubs and individuals to assist the communities affected, which has enabled us to:
  • Increase donations across our multiple local and international funding channels to $1.6 million.
  • Receive a $20,000 donation from the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II, half of which is to be used specifically for Rotarians directly affected.
  • Continue the operation of the Rotary Water Plant in Grand Bahama including:
    • Daily pumping for distribution across the island; over 190,000 gallons have been pumped already. Water goes to residents, schools, medical facilities, restaurants, and other facilities in need.
    • Working to install an additional water pumping system to increase pumping capacity.
    • Facilitating 24 Hour Access to site.
  • Successfully set up 61 Disaster Aid Tents across affected areas in Grand Bahama, allowing residents to remain on their property to clean up and begin rebuilding.
  • Receive and begin preparing for distribution:
    •  14 pallets of hand towels donated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
    • Two trailers of supplies including soap, shampoo, lotion, wash cloths, towels, sheets, blankets, and pillow covers donated by Sysco International Food Group (Florida).
  • Coordinate shipments of various sizes and items from multiple companies and groups directly to survivors in Abaco, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama.
  • Continue to support the Hurricane Dorian Relief Initiative (partnership with New Providence Community Church and others) with supplies receiving and collection, sorting, and distribution.

Foundation Gala Humanitarian Award Recipients

These persons were recognized by Rotary Clubs during the Annual Foundation Gala held at Government House for their efforts following Hurricane Dorian. 
  • District 6990 Past Assistant Governor Mike Stafford
    • Rotary Has Heart (Rotary Club of Nassau)
    • ENRCCT Sir Durward Humanitarian Award (Rotary Club of East Nassau)
  • Rotaract Club of Eight Mile Rock President Solandka Julien (Rotary Club of East Nassau)
  • Steven Kelly (Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise)
  • Dr. Graham Cates (Rotary Club of Old Fort)
  • Captain Stephen Russell (Rotary Club of South East Nassau)
The awards at the gala were presented by His Excellency C.A. Smith, Governor General of The Bahamas.

Rotary Club of Abaco:

  • Had their first physical meeting since the passing of Hurricane Dorian.

Rotary Club of Old Fort:

  • Continuing to support the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium shelter.
  • Facilitating the shipment of requested food and other items from the Bahamas Rotary Clubs Supplies Network to the Rotary Club of Eleuthera.

Rotary Club of East Nassau:

  • Continuing to check in with shelters and work to meet requested needs.
  • Facilitating the delivery of blankets to shelters.

Rotary Club of Eleuthera:

  • Continues to support the 300 evacuees across Eleuthera with food and other necessities (sourced from multiple agencies and groups).
  • Continues to support displaced students in Eleuthera to ensure they are attending school and have the necessary supplies.
  • Is working alongside many partners to assist with job and more permanent housing placement.

Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise:

  • Receive a $1,420 donation from The Goochland Rotary Club for the Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Donating various medications and supplies (including pain relievers, gauze, bandages, dressings, tape, and more) to Accident & Emergency and the Intensive Care Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital to help with continuing providing healthcare for evacuees.
  • Partnering with students of C.C. Sweeting Senior High School on their Character Day to clean the Pilgrim Baptist Church grounds since it is no longer being used as a shelter, and sort donated clothing to be transported and distributed at another housing center.
  • Providing resume writing support for evacuees at the “Sustainable Employment - the Aftermath of Dorian Job Fair” event hosted by Breezes Bahamas and Courtyard by Marriot.

Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial:

  • Continuing to support the Bahamas Academy Gymnasium shelter.

Ways to Contribute

For Wire Transfer directly to the islands go to Bahamas Rotary Disaster Committee  
Important Note: please be sure to advise in advance, the following details of funds being remitted to the Bahamas:
For crypto currency donations sent weekly directly to the Bahamas, payment may be made online at Delchain Limited
To qualify for Gift Aid, donate to Rotary’s Disaster Recovery Trust for Caribbean Hurricane Dorian
For a 501c3 US Tax Exempt donation use any of the following
PayPal D7020 through Disaster Network Assistance
PayPal D6990 through District 6990 in Florida
GoFundMe for Rotary 7020 Dorian Relief
Rotary District 7680 DAF No. 574  at Rotary International (check, credit card, wire, stock transfer options)
Important Note: When donating via RI to this DAF, please ensure you indicate the
DAF number 574 and that the funds are directed to The Bahamas