Once again, The Cayman Islands have answered the call for assistance and as a true regional partner have sent a flight with medical supplies, its only helicopter and crew to assist with the Bahama’s recovery efforts.
In September 2015, only 4 years ago US$500,000 was sent to assist with Dominica’s recovery efforts, and in 2017 Cayman Airways landed in Anguilla with needed supplies.
The Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama suffered tremendous damage to its infrastructure from flooding that swept across the island due to the Storm surge from Hurricane Dorian. To date over 50 people are known to have lost their lives and over 1,000 are still reported missing.
In an announcement on Tuesday, Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin said “Once again we are grateful that we can call on the services of our national airline Cayman Airways. I want to thank the Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and the staff at Cayman Airways for their support in ensuring this humanitarian relief reaches those in need as well as the Cayman medical community for working together to assist our neighbours.”
The Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June to November and we are all at risk for tropical activity. It’s only a matter of when our turn will arrive and we should always be prepared for the impact.
We are our neighbours keeper and in these instances, we are proud to be living in a country that has answered the call to assist regional partners.
We applaud those that coordinated relief efforts and also those businesses and residents that have given to assist those in need.
We also take this opportunity to remember those in our community that have needs as well and should never forget that charity begins at home and we are our local brother’s keeper as well.
As we go about our busy schedules in our daily lives, let us remember those that are not as fortunate and give a helping hand if we can.