United Nations General Assembly, New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Today the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, The Right Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis, addressed the United Nations General Assembly to call on emergency support for the Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, and was described by Prime Minister Minnis as the “greatest national crisis in our country’s history”, with the highest winds of an Atlantic hurricane ever recorded on landfall. The resultant damage to these islands was catastrophic, most structures were destroyed or swept out to sea, and at least 70,000 people were displaced. To date there have been 56 recorded direct and 7 indirect fatalities, and the estimated damage to property is more than seven billion US dollars.
Rick ‘Ulrich’ Fox, three time NBA Champion and former team captain for the LA Lakers, television and film actor, and entrepreneur made an announcement from New York:
He expressed “As I witnessed the massive devastation and destruction that the hurricane has caused, the annihilation of homes, facilities, and massive displacement of people and entire communities I was moved to create the Bahamas Relief Foundation. Together with a top team of friends and partners we are dedicating our energy and extensive relationships to support the Bahamian government in the mammoth task of national recovery.”
As President of the Bahamas Relief Foundation, Rick will be joined by local Bahamians Burton Rodgers, Tony Myer, Lynden Rose – Bahamas Consul General to Texas – and Brendan Dunn as board members. Advisors include Olympians and sports stars Shaquille O’Neal and Serena Williams, and top business professionals Tim Lieweke and Mio Babic.
In the coming weeks there will be several high-profile events to draw attention to the daily struggles of the Bahamian people, to raise additional funds to maximize support efforts, and provide hope following this
Donations can be made at bahamasreflieffoundation.org.
The Bahamas Relief Foundation is a non-profit corporation purposed with ‘creating hope for Bahamians’. Its’ vision is to raise and distribute funds for the Bahamian people to recover and rebuild following Hurricane Dorian in all areas of need including medical care, transportation, housing, infrastructure, and job creation.
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