BOC sets up shop for hurricane relief

The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), the umbrella federation for local Olympic sports, has already begun its relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

The organization will be joining efforts with Golden Wings Charter, HeadKnowles and the New Providence Community Centre.

The items the BOC are requesting are canned goods, clothing, toiletries, baby items (clothes and food), furniture, water, cleaning supplies, hygienic products and tools (chainsaws, hand saws, hammers, nails, screws, etc.) just to name a few.

They can be dropped off at the BOC office inside the Quantum Plaza on Soldier Road, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

They are urging the general public and member federations who are donating, to separate and label the packages, as different items will be going to different agencies.

Romell Knowles, president of the BOC, recently sent out a press statement.

“Dear colleagues from around the world, thank you for your inquiry. Most of the Olympic family in the Central Bahamas made it through the storm with minimal damages. However, our families, be they personal and/or Olympic family, suffered catastrophic devastation in the Northern Bahamas. Thank you for your many offers of assistance as the Bahamas Olympic Committee will be coordinating our efforts to assist to the extent we can, thanking you in advance for your kind gestures of love,” Knowles stated.

He plans to form a WhatsApp group to share more information and relief coordination in the upcoming future.

BOC Secretary General Derron Donaldson said: “Our point of view is that we will do what we can because everybody has to help rebuild. It is a group effort and the whole country has to chip in so we are going to do our part as well.”

Donaldson, a Grand Bahama native, said that he heard from his family and they are in good condition.

He added that National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the region have been in contact with the BOC.

On the weekends, interested persons can contact Donaldson at telephone number (242) 359-3691 to donate items.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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