By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
THE Tribune Media Group is partnering with SuperValue, Furniture Plus, New Oriental Laundry and Cleaners, Bahamasair, Island Cellular, Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace and other corporate and private entities to launch a national campaign to raise $500,000 for food and other essential supplies for those so adversely affected by Hurricane Joaquin.
The ‘SOS - Save Our South’ campaign starts on Monday with the morning shows of the group’s radio stations - 100JAMZ, KISSfm, Y98fm and Joyfm - being broadcast live from locations throughout Nassau, appealing to Bahamians from all walks of life, as well as corporate sponsors, to drop off supplies and other donations.
The locations are Furniture Plus distribution centre off East-West Highway near Abundant Life Road, New Oriental Laundry and Cleaners locations, Island Cellular locations, Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment as well as Radio House and The Tribune on Shirley Street. Cheques made out to ‘Tribune Radio Ltd’ can also be dropped off at Radio House or The Tribune. Items will be delivered to the distribution centre at the end of each day.
The campaign aims to build on and enhance the extraordinary relief efforts already underway and to help in co-ordinating the logistics and distribution of supplies.
The appeal continues to be for clothes and shoes, blankets, water, non-perishable food items such as canned food and rice, baby items, toiletries, female sanitary items, tarpaulins, school supplies and pet supplies, including cat and dog food.
These donated supplies will be flown by Bahamasair to San Salvador, Long Island, Crooked Island, Acklins and Rum Cay to provide desperately needed relief in the southern islands.
“In order to fulfil our mandate as the people’s newspaper and and radio stations we are once again joining forces with our partners and friends to provide a unified co-operative private-public partnership,” Robert Carron, President of the Tribune Media Group, said. “Regardless of our political affiliation, colour or creed, we are all Bahamians and we are all our brother’s and sister’s keepers.”