OECS leaders warn against fake Go Fund Me account for St Vincent


(CMC)— Leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) say that no Go Fund Me account has been authorised by the St Vincent and the Grenadines government to assist the island as it deals with the impact of the destruction caused by the erupting La Soufriere volcano.

A communique issued following an emergency summit of the leaders of the nine-member sub-regional grouping late on Monday, also urged “persons willing to provide assistance to not fall prey to arbitrary accounts being set up claiming to support the Vincentian relief efforts.


“People who were willing to donate were asked to be vigilant and thoroughly vet the entity to which they intended to donate.”


The communique noted that the leaders have also agreed that the St Vincent and the Grenadines government is in the process of establishing an official web platform for the relief effort that would provide information in real-time on the emerging needs and updates when these are met.


“Persons willing to contribute to the efforts, especially organizations in the Diaspora, are strongly encouraged to give cash donations and/or to consolidate any materials being sent to avoid congestion at the ports of entry.


“The OECS Authority noted that this was a major lesson from the experience of Dominica following Hurricane Maria. Minimising congestion of small packages at the ports of entry is essential to the smooth logistics of the recovery effort,” the communique noted.


Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine confirmed that the Monetary Council is considering a grant for the island.

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  1. Thanks for the warning. We’ve got to stomp us those damn scamps who exploit those who are suffering.

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