News Release – May 6, 2005
Over $11,000 was raised by two radio walk-a-thons in South Florida for victims affected by hurricanes last September in the Caribbean.
Nearly $4,000 was distributed to victims of Jamaica, Haiti and Grenada by Hi Class Promotions raised from listeners on WAVS-1170 AM station in Broward.
The project was initiated by Jamaican national and radio broadcaster, Denver Silvera, and endorsed by other broadcasters at WAVS-AM and then coordinated by staff of Hi Class following devastation by the hurricanes last season.
On Wednesday (May 4) Jamaica Consul General Ricardo Allicock and Haitian Consul General Ralph Latortue were presented with checks on behalf of the three countries, and echoed sentiments of appreciation for the commitment and support extended by the South Florida community.
Making the presentation were Ms. Winsome Charlton and Mr. Anthony Blair of Hi Class Promotions and Ms. Joan Ball, Manager of Bank Atlantic, Lauderhill.
Earlier, almost $8,000 was distributed to victims of Jamaica and Grenada by Don Daly of CRI Communications, through his weekly program on WVCG-1080 AM in Miami.
Over $6,000 was distributed to assist the victims in Jamaica through projects including Food for the Poor, Missionaries for the Poor, Inner City for Christ Ministries as well the Office for National Reconstruction.
Food for the Poor organization also received an additional $1,500 for victims in Grenada.
Caribbean-formatted programming on both radio stations and serve approximately 600,000 English speaking residents of Caribbean descent now living in tri-county South Florida – Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
Cheryl Wynter (305-374-8431 ex. 112)