In partnership between Carnival Corporation, Miami Heat Charitable Fund and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, upto $10m has been pledged in funding and in-kind support and aid for rebuilding efforts in Florida and the Caribbean after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
A $2.5m immediate donation will be made by the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation to Direct Relief, UNICEF and the United Way of Miami-Dade County in order to help with immediate and urgent relief needs.
Both Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund are both pledging to raise a combined total of $5m for relief and recovery efforts. In addition, Micky Arison and wife Madeleine will match that figure upto $5m from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, which will include the initial donation in order to support the most immediate needs in Florida and the Caribbean.
Speaking of the pledging of the funds, Carnival Corporation CEO, Arnold Donald said it was important that relief and support was given to help those affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. He said:
“We are committed to supporting relief efforts where Hurricane Irma left an impact in Florida and the Caribbean, starting with immediate humanitarian needs and recovery efforts that will have a meaningful impact. Hurricane Irma’s impact strikes close to home both in our home state of Florida and across the Caribbean, where we and our brands have made many friends and partners over many years. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of those who have been impacted. It is inspiring to see so many individuals and organizations already pitching in to support the relief work, and we will continue to look for ways to provide support. Our friends and partners from across Florida and the Caribbean have always displayed remarkable resilience, strength and spirit when facing difficult circumstances. They have come back strong in the past, and we will be standing with them as they work to come back strong once again.”
“We also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Micky and Madeleine Arison for their generosity, and also express our gratitude to the Miami HEAT organization for partnering with us to support recovery efforts.”
Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat, echoed the sentiments of Arnold Donald and said it was important that communities come together in times of adversity to help those in need. He said:
“Hurricane Irma has devastated many families and cities that mean so much to us,” said Pat Riley, President of the Miami HEAT. “As a long-time resident of South Florida, I have witnessed the resiliency of our communities; watching neighbors come together to overcome adversity. The South Florida community has supported our organization throughout the years, so it is only fitting that we are there to support and help uplift this community in its time of need.”
To help with the fundraising efforts, Carnival Cruise Line is undertaking humitarian voyages to deliver critical and important supplies to those most deeply affected in Florida and the islands effected in the Caribbean. 11 ships are being deployed to provide supplies and immediate necessities to the ports that have been affected. These supplies include food, water, clothing, diapers, medical supplies, generators and many other vital necessities.
Through scheduled cruise itineraries in which the aid efforts are being directed, Carnival Corporation is continuing to stay in touch with the nation islands affected, including Grand Turk, St.Maarten, St.Thomas, Antigua-Barbuda and affected Bahamian Islands. Through dialogue with the leaders of the Caribbean nations, Carnival are implenting ways to providing swift and efficient supplies to those affected and to help with evolving recovery needs. This will also include US mainland which has been affected by Hurricane Irma, including Florida Keys and Florida and will begin as soon as all impacted areas are accessible.
Other cruise brands belonging to Carnival Corporation are also helping towards fundraising efforts including Carnival Cruise Line which has set up a relief program which allows guests to directly donate to the recovery efforts of Hurricane Irma. Princess Foundation has pledged to match donations through it’s own donation page on the line’s website. P&O Cruises (UK) have also set up a campaign to support relief through donations to UNICEF.
Carnival Corporation are not the only cruise organisation to be helping with aid relief to those affected by Hurricane Irma. Both Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have helped by sending ships and supplies to those affected and also evacuating employees to safety from the affects of the hurricane. Also they have initiated donation programs in order to help with supplies and aid relief to those affected in the region.
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