* Photo courtesy DCI. Dr. Brown presents a cheque for $6,000 to Major Dill for the To Haiti With Love telethon. The funds raised will be distributed to local charities that are assisting with the Haiti recovery efforts.
* Photo courtesy DCI. Dr. Brown presents a cheque for $6,000 to Major Dill for the To Haiti With Love telethon. The funds raised will be distributed to local charities that are assisting with the Haiti recovery efforts.
WEDNESDAY, MAR. 24: Premier Dr. Ewart Brown and Mrs. Wanda Henton-Brown recently donated $6,000 towards the To Haiti With Love recovery efforts.

The public will recall that on March 8, the West Indian Association (WIA) hosted a telethon to raise funds to assist the nation of Haiti, after it was devastated by a massive earthquake on January 12.

The telethon, which was a jointly supported event by Government and the private sector, has raised more than $100,000 to date. The funds will be sent directly to Haiti, through local charitable organisations that are on the ground doing significant work to aid in the recovery and rebuilding of the nation of Haiti.

On the night of the telethon, the Civil Service donated $6,000 and Premier Brown and his wife called in and matched the pledge.

Today, in handing over the funds to Major Kenneth Dill, head of the Civil Service and chairman of the To Haiti With Love organising committee, Premier Brown said: "My wife and I watched the telethon that evening and were genuinely touched by the outpouring from the public. Bermudians truly showed that they are a giving people and Wanda and I wanted very much to participate in this worthwhile cause. The Civil Service rose to the occasion in donating $6,000 to Haiti, and we thought it only fitting that we match that donation."

Major Dill said: "From the Premier, to the Bermudian residents, to the volunteers, I want to express my heartfelt thanks. To date, the Telethon has raised over $100,000 and the funds will be sent directly to Haiti. There are local organisations that are doing significant work towards Haiti's recovery efforts and Bermuda's contributions will help further their noble efforts.

"In particular, I wish to give a special thanks to the numerous Civil Servants who either donated or participated by volunteering on the night of the telethon. Their selfless efforts ensured that the evening was a great success; and it is this demonstration of unity that brings pride to the Service."

Major Dill said a formal presentation will be made to the beneficiary organisations, which include the Salvation Army and Phillip Rego's Feed My Lambs, in the coming days.