Non-profit group HeadKnowles has raised more than $733,000. Co-founder Gina Knowles said the non-profit mobilized its efforts using charge accounts and still has the money raised on crowdfunding website gofundme.com in the bank.
Knowles explained that the bulk of the money is being spent on fuel for the planes and helicopters moving relief supplies in and out of Abaco and Grand Bahama, the two islands hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian.
Knowles added that HeadKnowles is working closer than ever with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
“We’re following the rules and working as a team,” she said.
“Everybody is working together.”
Knowles said the outreach for Hurricane Dorian was so great that the group outgrew its donated space at the New Providence Community Centre (NPCC) and is changing its donation and distribution center to the old Phil’s food store.
“We have gotten so much support that we need a bigger space,” said Knowles.
She said her group has already begun to outfit the old food store for occupation as a new headquarters for HeadKnowles’ relief efforts.
She said her non-profit has been overrun with volunteers who have done an amazing job.
The other co-founder of HeadKnowles, Lia Head, announced her departure from the organization this week, sparking concerns about the organization as a whole.
However, Knowles said the organization’s accounts are being audited, adding that money does not have to be donated directly to HeadKnowles, but to its partners that are helping to get aid to the most affected Bahamians.
“I do not need the cash, we just need the help,” said Knowles.
“The separation is unfortunate.”