Caribbean pride was out in full force at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill on September 23. Persons from different countries showed up in numbers to support the Caribbean Strong Relief Fund Benefit.
The event was held to assist people in hurricane-damaged Caribbean countries such as Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, the British and United States Virgin Islands.
Attorney Marlon Hill, a member of Caribbean Strong, told Caribbean National Weekly that over $5,000 was raised, as well as a truck load of supplies.
The funds brought the total of money raised to over $140,000. Along with the supplies (which includes water, toiletries, baby items and non-perishable goods), it will be distributed to the various countries through Caribbean Strong and the Miami Foundation.
Persons of Caribbean heritage
Caribbean Strong comprises persons of Caribbean heritage who live in South Florida. Members come from diverse professions (entertainers, business people, etc).
Aunt I’s Restaurant, a cornerstone of the South Florida Caribbean community, donated food for volunteers. Singers Angella Hunte and Roger George performed.
The Caribbean suffered extensive damage from the passage of hurricanes Irma, Jason and Maria. Some of the smaller islands, such as Anguilla and Barbuda, were hardest hit.
Last week, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said all 14,000 residents of Barbuda had been moved to Antigua.