Caribbean Day of Giving (CDoG) - Save The Date!

Start Date: October 07, 2017

End Date: October 07, 2017

Respond By: October 07, 2017

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Caribbean Diaspora to Host ''Day of Giving'' in Support of Hurricane Affected Islands

New York, September 21, 2017: Saturday, October 7th has been designated ''Caribbean Day of Giving''. On that day, the Caribbean Diaspora and friends of the Caribbean will be taking action in the form of a radiothon to support Caribbean countries affected by the recent hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Caribbean Day of Giving is a full day of concentrated efforts by the Diaspora and friends of the Caribbean to donate to relief efforts in the affected Caribbean countries. The radiothon will feature notable interviews, music and updates from affected countries.

During the radiothon, appeals will be made for individuals to give through various giving platforms, including direct calls, text messages and internet. Opportunities for individuals wishing to donate in-kind goods, will also be featured. Donations will be made to the Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund 501(c)3, an arm of the tourism agency Caribbean Tourism Organization, which has already raised over $12,000 in response to the disasters. The radiothon will be a full day event and incorporate programmers on WVIP-FM (93.5 ), as well as other participating stations in the Tri-State.

''This is an excellent opportunity for all of us in the Diaspora to come together to help these countries severely impacted by these Hurricanes as well as to demonstrate the collective will and power of our Caribbean Diaspora community'', said Mrs. Akelia Lawrence-Maitland, Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member to the Northeast USA.

''To this end, we are extending an open invitation for all radio programmers, community groups and businesses to become a part of this most important day'', she concluded.

The relief efforts on the Caribbean Day of Giving will benefit the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is the official body coordinating relief efforts to the various Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes. CDEMA works with the disaster management agencies in the various countries and will prioritize action in partnership with the countries. They are also officially affiliated with CARICOM.

The Caribbean Day of Giving is being organized by a Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition, representing and promoting a collective Caribbean Diaspora response to the disaster relief. The coalition, consisting of various community leaders, was organized to urgently respond to the current disasters and develop a long-term structure. The goal is to directly develop and coordinate relief activities while co-sharing other credible initiatives. Additional Caribbean Day of Giving information may be found on

For Further Information:
Contact: Anthony Turner or Karlene Largie
Phone: 845-206-5906 or 516-713-8270
Email: or

About Caribbean Day of Giving Team

Caribbean Day of Giving (CDoG) is being organized to support Caribbean countries and its citizens affected by the recent disaster wrought by Hurricane Irma.

Caribbean Day of Giving, have partnered with three charities to which the public may donate: America Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI), American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and Caribbean Tourism Organisation Relief Fund. All partners have expressed the need for transparency and accountability. Interim progress reports on donations and the relief and recovery efforts, will be provided to assure the public that funds donated are being used for its intended purpose. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will also post updates on its website CDEMA will be a recipient of funds raised through CTO Relief Fund and AFUWI.

Caribbean Day of Giving is being organized by the Caribbean Diaspora Disaster Relief Coalition representing and promoting a collective Caribbean Diaspora response to disaster relief and recovery. The coalition consists of various community leaders and organizations and was organized to urgently respond to the current disaster resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, but also with a charge to develop a long-term high level structure that preemptively prepares to galvanize the Caribbean Diaspora community in times of natural disasters as well as establish official relationships that will ensure efforts are well coordinated and prioritize.