WICB, UWI Urge the Caribbean to “Rally ‘Round Dominica”
Rally Round Dominica’ is the call to the Caribbean region to help the island recover from the devastation left behind as a result of the recent passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
The campaign is being led by a partnership between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) with the support of several businesses in the regional private sector.
In a media conference held last Sunday, September 20, the WICB and UWI announced a line-up of Caribbean celebrities who will play in a T20 charity match today, Saturday, September 26, at Kensington Oval in Barbados, starting at 7 p.m. (East Caribbean Time). The campaign is aimed at raising US 1million dollars to help Dominica. While the ‘WICB-UWI Rally Round Dominica Celebrity T20 Cricket Match’ is the cornerstone of the fundraising, the drive also includes a live telethon on match-day by Flow Caribbean, a text-donation drive by Digicel and a further donation initiative to collect clothing and food items, as well as cash deposits.
Tropical Storm Erika descended on Dominica on August 27, 2015, claiming lives, destroying hundreds of homes and leaving behind millions of dollars in damage to the island’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure, including its Douglas–Charles Airport.