Scene of devastation in Barbuda

Dominica’s Carnival Queen 2017, Jade Romain, is in the process of organising a food drive to assist persons from Barbuda who were greatly affected by Hurricane Irma last week.

Romain’s intention is to commence collections for this food drive from today, Monday September 11, 2017, and is encouraging Dominicans to give generously.

“What I would like to do is a food drive and to collect items to donate to those who have [been] impacted by Hurricane Irma. I am finalising everything and I hope to begin my food drive from Monday coming. When everything is finalised I will let the public know how, when and where they can donate those items that are necessary,” she said.

She noted that for affected persons in Barbuda, she takes personal responsibility especially considering the fact that Dominica received so much support from its neighbouring islands when ravaged by Tropical Storm Erika in 2015.

“I feel that it is our duty as Dominicans to now lend a helping hand to those who have been affected,” she said.

Romain also encouraged Dominicans to do whatever they can as assistance and that “nothing is too small” because they need as much help as they can get.

She sends her condolences and fullest support to all families affected in every island and shares in their concern because she also has family in countries affected by the weather.

“I am so sorry to the inhabitants of those islands and we in Dominica are praying for you and wishing you all the best,” she remarked.