Bradford Marine Bahamas joined forces with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to aid Sir Charles Hayward Library in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in recovery efforts following the impact of Hurricane Dorian. As a monumental resource center for the Freeport community, the funds donated allowed the library to upgrade essential technology software, enabling its team to introduce a number of virtual offerings for its members.
“Bradford Marine is proud to support the Sir Charles Hayward Library and its mission,” said Dan Romence, Bradford Marine Bahamas vice president and member of the board of directors of Sir Charles Hayward Library. “We’re passionate and devoted to the growth and success of this community, and the library is an important engine in powering its education and advancement.”
Serving the Freeport community for more than 60 years, the Sir Charles Hayward Library provides its more than 3,000 patrons access to a vast collection of literature, special workshops, guest lectures, summer camps and after-school programs, as well as professional services through its Small Business Center. Through the addition of new technology, the library has launched a virtual story hour and online library orientation sessions available to pre-schools and primary schools across Grand Bahama.
“We are most grateful to Bradford Marine Bahamas and The Marine Industries Association of South Florida for their generous donation,” said Geneva Rutherford, executive director of Sir Charles Hayward Library. “The funds were vital to repairing damages caused by Hurricane Dorian and allowed the library to return to its fully functioning capacity, restoring access to essential educational and professional development services for our community.”
As part of its relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and its ongoing support for the community of Grand Bahama, Bradford Marine also gathered more than 100 pallets of donations at its Fort Lauderdale location to assist those throughout the island who were devastated by the storm.