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Red Stripe gives $5.7m to Hurricane Sandy relief

Friday, November 16, 2012 | 1:04 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Red Stripe, through the Diageo Foundation, has pledged $5.7 million in aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The donation follows the passage of the hurricane, which ravaged the parishes of St Thomas, St Mary and Portland in particular. Red Stripe will make the donation through Food for the Poor.

 “Thousands of lives were disrupted during the hurricane and as a result the invaluable humane service provided by Food for the Poor is in demand more than ever,” said Marguerite Cremin, Head of Corporate Relations at Red Stripe.

“We’re happy to partner with Food for the Poor and the Portland Relief Fund to assist those most affected so they can return to normalcy as soon as possible.”

Andrew Mahfood, Chairman of Food for the Poor, thanked Red Stripe for its contribution noting the positive impact the funds would have on its ability to assist those most in need.

“Our job has received a much-needed boost thanks to the donation from Red Stripe. The monies will go towards purchasing water, food items and repairing homes that were damaged,” said Mahfood.

Chairman of the Portland Relief Fund, Dr Andre Foote, acknowledged the contribution of Red Stripe and Diageo to Food for the Poor.

“It is quite commendable when our corporate companies step up in a big way when we have natural disasters. I am sure the aid the people affected by Hurricane Sandy will receive from Red Stripe and its parent company Diageo will not be soon forgotten,” Dr Foote commented.

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