Barbuda was directly in Irma’s path, and its Category 5 mix of 300km/hour winds and heavy rain left a trail of devastation in its wake. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said 90% of the island’s structures have been destroyed and at least one person has been killed, although that latter figure may rise.
It’s hard to imagine, but the worst may be yet to come. A new hurricane, Jose, is forming in the Atlantic and has already attained Category 5 status.
Help is urgently needed and Calvin Ayre is calling on the global online gambling industry to offer its assistance. The Calvin Ayre Foundation is currently working with the local government to coordinate relief efforts, including bringing in desperately needed tents and other emergency supplies.
Similar to its campaign during the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort in the Philippines, the Calvin Ayre Foundation has pledged to match all donations by the global online gambling industry and the Bitcoin community to Barbuda’s relief effort, up to US$1m. This is separate from the personal contribution that Calvin will be making to aid his adopted home.
HOW TO DONATE
Cash donations can be sent to the Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund via the official government account on: https://www.gofundme.com/officialbarbuda"Wherever you choose to donate, send Bill@calvinayre.com a copy of your receipt and the Calvin Ayre Foundation will add an equal amount to the money they’ve already committed. If you donate US$100, it will in effect be equivalent to US$200 directly helping the Island of Barbuda,” states the company.