The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) established a relief foundation with the intent of providing basic necessities to persons who have encountered financial hardship for reasons beyond their control and to provide temporary relief to meet the necessities of life to persons who are distressed on account of a disaster.
Ian Rolle, president of GBPA, said, “We know that Grand Bahama holds a special place in the hearts of many individuals. From visitors, to investors, to second home owners and Bahamians abroad, there is an incredible affinity for our island and the individuals who call this community home.”
He continued, “The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation is an ideal mechanism that can be used by persons and organizations to assist in providing relief to individuals affected by Hurricane Dorian.”
The funds received through the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation will enable the needed goods to be received and distributed to the various churches, charities and shelters.
Rolle added, “Our foundation is duly registered by the registrar general of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It is our view that through adhering to local guidelines for the establishment of the foundation, we are immediately recognized as trusted partners acting with integrity to improve the quality of life for Grand Bahamians.”
The Grand Bahama Disaster Foundation strategically partnered with the Coastal Community Foundation, an Internal Revenue Service approved 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations and gifts are tax deductible under United States law. Donations can be made online at gbdisasterrelief.org or through the Coastal Community Foundation’s existing Go Fund Me account, which has received more than $300,000.
Rolle said, “We are especially grateful to the Coastal Community Foundation for providing tools that make it easy and accessible for monetary donations that will have an immediate impact within our community.
“I appeal to our friends of The Bahamas throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and all around the world to support the Grand Bahama Relief Foundation. It is through small acts of kind generosity that we will rebuild our beautiful island.”