Dominican skiers assist TS Erika victims

Gary di Silvestri and his wife represented Dominica at the Sochi Winter Olympic in 2014
Gary di Silvestri and his wife represented Dominica at the Sochi Winter Olympic in 2014

Following the destruction of Tropical Storm Erika, an amount of USD20,407.00 was donated to the Dominica Red Cross to help victims who suffered extreme loss. Gary and Angelica di Silvestri demonstrated profound concern for victims of that terrible storm by requesting how they could help.

The DOC informed them then that members of the executive and affiliates had not suffered loss; however, the Dominica Table Tennis Association had reported that the National Coach, Mr. Clifton Lewis and his brother were swept away by the Roseau River during the Storm on August 26-27, 2015.

The Dominica Red Cross confirmed they had provided food and household items to the family of Clifton Lewis in the aftermath of TS Erika.

The di Silvestris took the initiative to rally support from their friends and promised to match what they collected resulting in a total of USD20, 407.00 with their contribution amounting to USD10, 100.00. These funds were sent through Red Cross International to the Dominica Red Cross to assist affected households.

On behalf of the Dominica Red Cross and the Dominica Olympic Committee, sincere gratitude is extended for the significant contributions to alleviate the loss suffered by victims of Erika.

We are pleased to acknowledge the contributors (19), friends of the di Sylvestris as follows: Gary and Angelica di Silvestri, Joseph Priest, Petter Barve, Dawn Gallucci, Sandra Jacobson, Roberta Boschi, Suzanne Song, Douglas Feurring, Dan Packman, J. Richard Latini, Santiago Ocariz, Stella Fong, Zach Violett, Vadim Bedarev, J. D. Dowing (Ski Team Coach), Kyle Pressman and Thomas Lynch and one anonymous.

The Dominican community appreciates the benevolence of these contributors and recognizes the usefulness of sport in helping to transform lives in a positive and developmental way.

Special thanks are extended to Gary and Angelica di Silvestri for their initiative.

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  1. a
    April 12, 2016

    thanks, can we have that childrens hospital now :lol: :lol:

  2. TEACH
    April 12, 2016

    Thank you for your help. God will bless you. I am sure the recepients will make good use of it. In such cases every penny comes in handy.

  3. Doc. Love
    April 12, 2016

    Thank you Sir, however, that is pay back for the embarrassment you caused us at the Olympics.

  4. Locs Girl
    April 11, 2016

    Wasn’t there at one point controversy surrounding these so called “Dominican Skiers?”

  5. Dominican
    April 11, 2016

    Have we become that cheap and desperate?

  6. anonymous2
    April 11, 2016

    These people seem to rear their heads at the strangest times. Erika was months ago.

  7. questionable
    April 11, 2016
  8. April 11, 2016

    This is a few dollars for something, and who knows may the contributors need Diplomatic Passports too, Dominicans, please read between the fine lines, these people want something, who knows, maybe they already get what they wanteded, without fire there’s no smoke, some might say it’s never too late to accept handouts, knowing what took place with this husband and wife a few years ago, their move with that money business is very very fishy, and I smell a big old rat, out of the blue these people and their associates donating money to Red Cross, is it another move to make a fool of Dominica and embarrass Dominicans in Brazil again, I’m just asking a question

  9. Dominican Passports
    April 11, 2016

    They Donated more than me tan, In D/ca we ain’t got a clue where the next $ coming from. :lol: :lol: :arrow:

  10. dissident
    April 11, 2016

    Are the ‘friends’ of the silvestri’s holders of Dominican citizenship?
    Inquiring minds wanna know.
    It would be interesting to know if the check was just received or maybe it was received a while only now being revealed.
    Somebody cleaning their image squeaky clean for the next ski competition to represent Dominican.


  11. Gwo Jel
    April 11, 2016


  12. April 11, 2016

    They want something :-D

  13. Just Me
    April 11, 2016

    Am … when was Tropical Storm Erika again?

  14. Yes-I
    April 11, 2016

    Lol……only after and Q95 spoke about the money you all are making a blank statement. Who exactly benefitted from that money ?? Them people good too eh!

  15. Roseau River
    April 11, 2016

    Simply….Thank you

  16. Tjebe Fort
    April 11, 2016

    Why Dominican Red Cross associating with phonies like that? They don’t mind where their money coming from? I don’t want to hear that again because it making me sick to my stomach. I rather eat dry bread than say thank you to those fakes. Let some people prostitute themselves but not me.

  17. mangoes
    April 11, 2016

    haha small minded third world people getting excited over a few pennies, whereby these folks are multi…M, read between the lines…

    but again it’s dominica they are not known to be successful at anything..
    they will continue to headline the cellar position due to them unable to discuss or see the bigger picture….

    • Dominican Passports
      April 11, 2016

      You should give a detailed explanation of what you’re talking about, so small minded Third-worlders such as ourselves can understand. :?:

    • Me
      April 12, 2016

      Beggars is what we are, a tribe of beggars and our P.M. is the champion beggar of all and proud of it.

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