New Yorkers Come Together to Help Trinidad

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Organizers with a photo of Samantha Bishun, who was remembered at the event.

Raise $11,000 For Flood Victims

QUEENS, NEW YORK — As help continues to pour in for those affected by the recent floods in Trinidad and Tobago, a group of Trinbagonians — supported by Guyanese and other community members — have come together to do its part.

Helping Hands for Trinidad and Tobago (HHTT), Trinbagonians and Tobagonians USA (TTUSA), and a group of community residents have teamed up and were able raise USD$10.958 by hosting a fundraiser.

The event was held on Friday October 26, 2018 at the Starlight Pavilion in Richmond Hill, NY and the organizers say it was a resounding success.

Officials of the two organizations will be travelling to Trinidad on November 2nd 2018 with the funds which will be used to purchase relief items for those in need. Helping Hands for Trinidad and Tobago will be represented by its President, Mr. Ricardo Babulal and Mr. Capil Seetaram will be representing Trinidadians and Tobagonians USA.

Ravi B entertains the crowd
Congressman Gregory Meeks with event organizers

Both Helping Hands for Trinidad and Tobago and Trinidadians and Tobagonians USA have successfully raised funds in the past to assist persons in need. After witnessing the devastation in TnT as a result of the October floods, they decided to collaborate.

Commenting on the fundraiser, President of Trinidadians and Tobagonians USA, Mr. Anoop Dhanpat said, “It was indeed heartwarming seeing so many of our fellow Trinbagonians and their friends turn out to be part of this worthy cause. The musicians and entertainers who performed for free, made this event the success it was. Together we set out to help our sisters and brothers in TNT who are suffering following the recent flooding and yes were able to do it!”

The relief efforts, and the event received support from many prominent individuals including Soca artist Ravi B who celebrated his birthday at the event. Some of the artists who performed at the fundraising “Afterwork Lime” included Suresh Ketwaroo, Salim Mohammed, Reggie, David and Ramesh Brown, Sultan, Devika Ramdat, Harry Pandogi and singing sensation from TnT, Ravi B. The emcee was Trinidad native Rose Deonarine. Television host from PIX 11 News Jennifer Bisram also attended, as well as Judge Karen Gopee and newly appointed NYC Planning Commissioner Raj Rampersad. Elected officials including Congressman Gregory Meeks and Richard David were on hand.

Suppporters
Joining hands for a cause

“If you have any trouble clearing customs in Trinidad, or if you think my office can help you provide urgent relief, I hope you won’t hesitate to contact us” said Congressman Meeks who also contributed $500 towards the relief efforts.

Richard David, the new District Leader worked closely with the organizers to make the event successful, “They say in your time of need, you know who your friends are. I am happy to be here in this time of need for residents in Trinidad who have so many family members right here in Queens, and in New York City. This does not just affect Trinidad, it affects us all”.

The event brought together people from Trinidad and Tobago, but also many Guyanese including dozens of local businesses. Some of these include Singh’s Roti Shop, TrinCiti Roti Shop, Nest Restaurant, Elegant Floral Design, Mazi Nightclub, Underground Nightclub, Platinum Celebration, Elevate, C Bar and dozens of prominent residents.

One of the most touching moments of the program was when performer Rebel One brought attendees together to hold hands and remember the purpose of the program, and to remember Samantha Bishun, a friend to many in the audience who had previously helped to organized similar events to help the community.

Relief materials are currently being purchased and distributed on the ground including mattresses, feminine care products and cleaning supplies.

Trinidadians and Tobagonians USA was formed in 2010 and focuses on networking among nationals residing abroad with the aim of providing help where it is genuinely needed. The group also promotes the culture of Trinidad and Tobago and pays tribute to those who have made contributions to TNT both home and abroad. The organization has in the past donated wheel chairs to those in need and hosted a series of community based events.

Helping Hands for Trinidad and Tobago was formed in 2007 by a group of Trinbagonians and friends of Trinbagonians living in the United States. Ricardo Babulal started the initiative after witnessing the the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Bret in TNT. Since then they have been extremely successful in raising money and making a difference both in Trinidad and Tobago and the USA.

For details and more information, please contact Mr. Anoop Dhanpat at 1-347-998-4108. Email : anoopdhanpat@aol.com

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