AHF Steps Up for Bahamas 

AHF South volunteers with supplies for the Bahamas. Photo via AHF South, Facebook

AIDS Healthcare Foundation has deployed a second relief flight to Abaco Islandin the Bahamas. 

Hurricane Dorian recently devastated parts of the Bahamas including Abaco Island, which was one of the hardest hit areas.

The non-profit has now delivered 14 tons of needed materials including food to the island nation.  

“AHF has a strong record of proactively responding to the needs of individuals and communities in need.  We are deeply saddened by the recent devastation to the Bahamas, as a result of Hurricane Dorian,” Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief, said in a prepared statement. “Having supported many disaster relief efforts, we know that the road to rebuilding a community is a long journey. We remain committed to working with the Bahamian leadership to provide the critical resources that the Bahamian people will continue to need as they work to recover from this disaster.”

According to NPR the death toll remains at 50 but is expected to rise in the coming weeks. More than a 1,300 residents are still missing. 

The South Florida Symphony also recently announced they’ve joined forces with the Hampton Art Lovers to present Culture Cares - South Florida Humanities at Work for Bahamas Hurricane Relief taking place Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6-9 p.m. The event will raise funds for Operation Helping Hands to support the response, relief and recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

“While South Floridians were spared the direct hit of Dorian, our neighbors in the Bahamas were not,” said President and CEO of South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Jacqueline Lorber, in a prepared statement. “As Floridians we truly know the devastating impact of hurricanes and it is our duty as an arts-focused organization in the community to join in the humanitarian effort for the people of the Bahamas.”

Visit https://bit.ly/2lSisiH for more information and to register for event.        

Other local groups involved in the LGBT community have also stepped up to the plate including Pride Fort Lauderdale, Sunshine Cathedral, Church of the Holy Spirit SongCongregation Etz Chaim, and Broward House.  

“As we prepare to host the very first Pride of the Americas next April, we are once again reminded that many of our LGBT+ friends in the Caribbean—less than 100 miles from our shores—are still fighting for basic human rights and recognition,” said Pride Fort Lauderdale president Miik Martorell, in a pre-released statement. “It will take years to rebuild the Bahamas, and Pride Fort Lauderdale is committed to aiding the LGBT+ community there that may be overlooked by traditional relief efforts.”

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