APRIL 27th 2011
The FNM’s bold claim that it took me two days TO RESPOND TO THE FIRE VICTIMS OF Bimini is a total and absolute lie.
Without provocation the FNM is stooping to low and disgraceful levels unfitting of the government of a sovereign and progressive nation. In the face of tragedy true leaders unite a people.
What the FNM continues to do is cause the further deterioration to an already fractured country.
Unlike the FNM and its Minister what I do for the people of BIMINI or the PEOPLE of The Bahamas is not for public relations. Mine are sincere and genuine humanitarian acts. I have been through many tragedies with the people of West End and BIMINI be they Hurricanes, plane crashes or fires, each response is handled with several objectives. Safety is first, followed by psychological support and meeting the immediate needs of the people.
For the record, within hours of last Wednesday’s fire I was in phone contact with relatives of the victims and then with several of the victims themselves. Two mothers and their five children and two adult siblings were the direct victims of the fire. There was great concern for the needs of the children involved. They had lost all their clothing and footwear in the fire. Thankfully in the immediate aftermath of the fire, Family members provided shelter.
I told the mothers of the children that I would secure clothing and footwear and get them to BIMINI immediately.
Early Thursday morning I went to Sandy’s Department Store and John’s Department Store purchasing clothing, undergarments and footwear for all six children who had lost everything in the fire. Some clothing and footwear items were also secured for the women. At 2:30pm Thursday afternoon I rushed one large duffel bag and a box to the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to be sent to the victims via Western Air.
I was assisted by the staff of Western Air, and by Adena Demeritte who took responsibility for the items. Persons standing on the long lines traveling to BIMINI allowed me to move ahead of them to get the packages on board the flight. Once the packages arrived in BIMINI Thursday afternoon the items were sorted by Marsha Levarity and distributed. While at LPIA on Thursday I was interviewed by ZNS. In that interview I explained what I was doing at the airport what was being done in response to the tragedy.
I flew to BIMINI Friday morning and saw all the fire victims with
exception of Jay Saunders who I later spoke with. Today, we are
working on a program to provide further relief to the victims.
That is where our focus should be helping the people and getting them through these rough times. The focus should not be on a juvenile Public Relations stunt. We should shut our mouths and do more to help the people. Stop bragging about every little thing you might do as a testimony of your leadership. The works of great leaders are often felt by the people. The loudest noises usually come from the emptiest barrels.
I reiterate that the statement from the FNM is a total and absolute
lie. Within hours of the fire my relief program was in play. I do not
believe it is sincere or a Christian thing to broadcast what you do to help others. What I did came from my heart and from me. What the FNM Minister did came from the state. His duty is to bring relief to the people. That is what he is getting paid to do! If I were the Minister I would have invited the MP to meet with me to coordinate a collective response. That is what true leaders do in times of tragedy.