An Air Canada flight containing a ten ton shipment of relief goods left today destined for hurricane-stricken Jamaica. The airline generously donated the cargo space for the shipment of water bladders, heavy plastic sheeting, water containers, generators and other urgently needed relief items. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is covering the cost of the goods in the shipment.In recent days, Hurricane Ivan has left a horrific path of destruction-hitting some of the poorest countries in the eastern Caribbean. These countries include: Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands. Since yesterday Hurricane Jeanne has impacted the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico-and is now heading towards the Bahamas.
“Our quick response in providing help to those in need is made possible because of the assistance afforded to us by the International Red Cross, by the kind support of the international and local donors and especially by the hard work of our many committed volunteers who have been working tirelessly in bringing relief and comfort to so many of the thousands affected by this terrible disaster,” says Yvonne Clarke, Director General of Jamaica Red Cross.