Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, the people of the British Virgin Islands need our help desperately and urgently.
The situation in the BVI is dire – the islands have been annihilated by Hurricane Irma – a category 5 hurricane of a magnitude never before experienced in the BVI. People’s homes have been reduced to rubble, businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed and very sadly, lives have been lost, although at this time, due to the lack of communications, we have no idea how many.
There is no power or drinking water and most people only have the clothes they were wearing when this awful and powerful force struck.
I read a weather report for the UK earlier that said “Britain is about to be “battered” by 75 mph winds”. The BVI were battered by winds of 185 mph – we can’t even begin to imagine this.
Our wonderful military personnel have arrived to direct and assist with the clean-up operation and to try to restore the everyday services that we take for granted. We push a switch and the light comes on, we turn on a tap and water comes out. We run out of bread or milk and we “nip” to the shop. There are no shops left in the BVI.
Richard Branson is assisting and doing everything that he can and has been instrumental in having a site set up to enable people to donate. A few sites are beginning to spring up, but with this one, Richard and his Virgin company are covering the overheads, so 100% of your donation will go directly to the BVI community and to the people who actually need the assistance.
I urge you to please give generously, but anything you can afford will be much appreciated and also….PLEASE….share this with your friends and colleagues – by e-mail and social media – put it on your Facebook page if you have one and ask your friends to share it. Put it on Twitter and ask your friends to re-tweet.
The people of the British Virgin Islands need your help – desperately. Here is the link….
With my heartfelt thanks
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