C&W Charitable Foundation launches with US$500,000 for hurricane relief

Monday, September 25, 2017

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Further to its recently announced relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria, C&W Communications (C&W) yesterday launched the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation ('the Foundation'), with seed funding of US$500K to help support humanitarian efforts across the region.

The initial primary purpose of the Foundation will be to serve as a fundraising hub, enabling monies raised to be directed to local, regional and international agencies to execute projects in affected territories. That is in addition to the deployment of expertise, humanitarian aid drops and free calls for impacted customers earlier announced by C&W.

In the longer term, the Foundation will support other charitable and community causes in the markets the company serves. C&W also announced a concerted drive to raise further funding from partners, suppliers and individual donors, including the launch of a 'Text To Donate' campaign.

Under the 'Text To Donate' campaign, customers in the Caribbean can pledge a $1 donation to aid the relief effort through the Foundation by texting 'GIVE' to shortcode 2300.

John Reid, C&W's CEO, said: “The 2017 hurricane season continues to have a grave impact upon some of the markets in which we operate, and the present situation requires a concerted effort to provide much needed relief.

“What has been truly uplifting, however, is the huge desire among our employees, partners, and customers - as well as our extended Liberty Global family- to help improve the situation on the ground. The establishment of the Foundation is our commitment to do just that and we're looking to get everyone involved to help drive hurricane relief and other humanitarian efforts.”

The company provided further details on its drive to raise further monies from partners and stakeholders across its footprint as well as that of parent company Liberty Global.

In addition, the C&W launched an internal payroll giving scheme for its 7,000 employees.

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