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UK company donates to Sandy relief

Sunday, February 03, 2013    

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SPORTS beverage company Rush Energy Drinks has made a contribution to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund established by the Jamaican High Commission.

Head of the company Jamaican-born Robert Smith presented a cheque for £1,000 to High Commissioner Her Excellency Aloun N'Dombet Assamba during a recent courtesy call at the Jamaican High Commission in the United Kingdom.

At the hand-over, Assamba assured him that the Government of Jamaica was extremely grateful and would ensure that lives are repaired courtesy of his donation.

"In the scheme of things, this is a massive donation and we are delighted to see that there is such a spirit of caring in the UK. We are thankful to all who have made donations to the fund," she said at the handing-over ceremony in the UK last month.

In December, the company staged an event entitled 'Build Back Yaad' as a means of raising funds for the relief effort. It, however, was not successful on account of bad weather, but the company made a donation anyway.

"Charities are close to my heart due to the fact that my little girl has a medical condition. So when I saw the call from the Jamaican High Commission for the Sandy appeal I knew I had to make a difference. Hence the event," Smith said.

"Although the event was not successful due to bad weather we demonstrated our commitment to Jamaica by making a donation which we know will go a long way towards assisting those who were adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy," he added.

The Hurricane Sandy Appeal Fund has so far raised just over £4,000.

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