C&W, Mastercard donate to hurricane relief efforts

Relief dollars from large international corporations continue to roll in, with Mastercard pledging to donate $200,000 to the American Red Cross and Cable and Wireless Communications (C&W) pledging $500,000 for hurricane relief activities for Grand Bahama and Abaco in Hurricane Dorian’s deadly wake.

Mastercard, in a press release outlining its donation, went a step further by announcing that it will “waive any interchange fees related to donations through November 15” to charities Americares, American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, World Vision and World Food Program USA.

“Mastercard employees have also raised their hands to help and the company has launched a supply and donations drive,” the release stated.

“As part of this, the company will match, dollar for dollar, every donation made by employees.

“During difficult times like these, it is important that we come together to help one another. Each year the people of The Bahamas welcome millions of people from around the world with warmth and hospitality. The devastation will significantly impact their livelihood, which predominantly comes from tourism, as the nation readies to start the rebuilding process on these two major islands.”

In a press release C&W, a Liberty Latin America company, said apart from the half a million dollars pledged, it has also “put out an appeal to help raise additional funds to support the recovery efforts given the significant damage reported on the islands”.

C&W Chief Executive Officer Inge Smidts, who is also the chair of the company’s charitable foundation, said the company is urging its customers to help and support Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian.

“We are following up with our teams in Abaco and Grand Bahama to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of everyone on the islands,” Smidts said.

“There are island-wide power outages on both islands and as such, communications are slow to come in.

“We already have a team in place supported by our parent company, Liberty Latin America, which has been mobilizing efforts to provide relief to Abaco and Grand Bahama immediately following the ‘all clear’. Members of our team will fly out to Abaco and Grand Bahama to personally check on our team members in those islands, provide care packages, conduct assessments and determine what further assistance is required.”

The C&W press release explained that anyone wishing to donate to the relief effort could visit its website:

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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