Group raises thousands for Barbuda recovery efforts

ABCRE - 1199 Check for Barbuda


In the aftermath of the extensive devastation of Hurricane Irma on Barbuda, Antiguans and Barbudans for Constitutional Reform and Education (ABCRE) pledged to help rebuild the schools on Barbuda.  One of the organization’s fundraisers for this ambitious project was “Boat Ride for Barbuda” aboard the Circle Line Cruise on Saturday, October 14th 2017.

Amassing US$15,636.53, the boat ride was hailed as a remarkable success by patrons and organizers. In support of the many Antiguan and Barbudan healthcare workers in New York, ABCRE also received a donation of US$10,000 from 1199SEIU, the largest Healthcare Union in the United States, towards the project.

ABCRE’s fundraising efforts for schools in Barbuda will continue through September 2018.  The board intends to work closely with educational administrators in Antigua and Barbuda to determine the equipment and furniture to be purchased for the schools.

During his report of the organization’s progress with the project, chairman Ralph Bowen remarks, “ABCRE is committed to the education of all Antiguans and Barbudans especially our children of today and tomorrow.”

The organization extends heartfelt thanks to all who donated to the cause including 1199SEIU; the patrons of the boat ride; entertainers Supa Dymond, Tian Wynter, Claudette “CP” Peters, Supa Mario, Menace, Danski and Gavin Christopher; Messenger Sound DJ; sound engineer Cedar Rock Sound; and Edmond “Brooksie” Brookes for his invaluable assistance with organizing the event.

ABCRE is a New York-based, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization made up of Antiguans and Barbudans whose primary mission is to increase knowledge and awareness through the education of our fellow citizens about our Constitution.  Our parallel objective is to solicit ideas from our fellow citizens on how this most important document may be updated and modernized to better fit our evolving society.

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