Sunday 24 September, 2017

BATT pleads with public to donate to hurricane relief efforts

As Caribbean islands continue to reel from the effects of Hurricane Irma which struck last week, the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) has joined other non-governmental organisations in assisting with relief efforts.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, BATT said it has joined forces with the United Way of Trinidad and Tobago to establish the United Way TT-Hurricane Relief 2017 fund to assist islands severely affected.

According to BATT, member banks have each opened an account with the above name and further invited members of the public to contribute with the recovery process.

“All funds raised will be donated to the United Way Trinidad and Tobago, who will ensure the funds are used for the purpose of helping those in need in the Caribbean.”

“Our prayers are with our Caribbean counterparts at this time and we are asking that you please join us in bringing some measure of relief, restoration and comfort to these islands,” the statement said.

The commercial banks that members of the public can donate to include:

·       Scotia Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited

·       Republic Bank Limited

·       First Citizens Bank Limited

·       RBC Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

·       JMMB Bank

·       First Caribbean International Bank (Trinidad and Tobago)

Irma battered the North-eastern Caribbean on September 4 and 5 as a Category 5 Hurricane. Antigua and Barbuda, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the British and US Virgin Islands were left in total destruction and chaos.

There are also reports of roughly 37 deaths.