This week the Bahamas took a direct hit from category 5 Hurricane Dorian, with winds that reached 180 miles per hour. This storm has battered these islands and the rebuilding process will take years.
Grand Bahama Island has 5 Rotary clubs and is a valued part of Rotary District 6990. We will do everything possible to help them recover from the devastation.
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Rotary International District 6990 has secured a 181-foot ship and begun the efforts to fill four (4) 20-foot containers with needed supplies to aid in the Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts. The local Rotary Clubs will be collecting items and packing them for the first shipment by this weekend.
Items being collected are Cleaning Supplies, Tarps, Toiletries, Diapers, Gloves, First Aid, Sunscreen, Clean Towels and Rags, Flashlights, Batteries, Building & Repair Supplies, Canned Food Goods (non-perishable), Garbage Bags, and others. For a complete list of items, see list below in the body of this story.
Rotary District 6880 Foundation is accepting financial donations from both clubs and individuals wanting to engage in the relief efforts. The Foundation is a 501 c 3 organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.
Checks may be mailed to:
District 6880 Foundation
c/o Bankcorp South
30585 State Highway 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Currently, items are being collected at the following locations:
- SpareZ Bowling – 5325 S University Dr, Davie / 9:00am to 1:00am, seven days a week
- Weston Hills Country Club, 2600 Country Club Way, Weston / Tuesday, Sept. 3–Friday, Sept. 6. 7 am–10 pm
- International Montessori Kids Center, 602 Anderson Circle, Deerfield Beach / Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 8pm
- The City of Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach
- Florida Blue Center (The Falls) – 8895 SW 136th Street, Miami / Hours: M-F 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-4pm
- Coral Gables Fire Station 1 (Headquarters) 2815 Salzedo Street
- Coral Gables Fire Station 2, 525 South Dixie Highway
- Coral Gables Fire Station 3, 11911 Old Cutler Road
- Winn Dixie Tavernier Towne Center, 92100 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070 (Drop off times to be announced)
- Key Largo Publix at Tradewinds Plaza, 101437 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037 / 8am-10pm Wednesday and Thursday
Rotary International District 6990 has a non-profit fund, The Robbins Fund, which was established over twenty years ago to aid in Disaster Recovery Efforts. Make your monetary contribution below. If interested in assisting or volunteering in this and on-going efforts to support the recovery, please contact a Rotary Club in your area via www.rotary.org.
Ray Williams, District Governor for Rotary International District 6990, stated “Unfortunately, we have done this before – assisted other communities in their recovery efforts from previous disasters. Grand Bahama Islands is part of our Rotary District and we truly feel that they are part of our family! Rotarians are known for helping those in need, as our motto “Service Above Self” clearly states!”
Don Horton, Chair – Disaster Relief, started collecting items to fill a shipping container on Monday, including visiting Costco and utilizing disaster relief funds approved by the Rotary District. Don stated, “Rotarians from around the world assisted us here in The Florida Keys two years ago. This is a big undertaking, but we are Rotarians, and this is what we do!”
For more information about the Rotary International District 6990 Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts and our Rotary Clubs, contact Don Horton (305) 522-2062 or visit www.rotary6990.org.