Jagdeo, Corbin join forces in Haiti appeal
President Bharrat Jagdeo and opposition leader, Robert Corbin, have issued appeals for Guyana’s citizens to respond to the national efforts to bring relief to victims of the impoverished Caribbean island hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.
Jagdeo called on Guyanese to make a pledge in whatever way possible to help the Haitian people, who are reeling from the devastation.
“We, in Guyana, really need to help as much as we can and I urge all Guyanese to be generous in this help. The government of Guyana has already pledged a million US dollars,”Jagdeo said.
A few hours later, while appearing on a national telethon on the state-owned television, the National Communications Network (NCN) leader of the opposition leader, People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Robert Corbin issued a similar appeal.
Corbin called on members, supporters and friends of his party to join in the national effort and contribute to the special fund set up to help earthquake-hit Haiti.
According to the opposition leader, his party is pleased to be part of the national committee and has committed the fullest support for the Bharrat Jagdeo-led initiative.
“We (PNCR) are happy to be part of the Guyana national committee’s efforts here tonight to encourage all Guyanese irrespective of race, religion, politics or whatever may divide us to recognise that we are here on a humanitarian cause and the PNCR is very comforted to participate in this event. Its an event which demonstrates the quality of our people to recognise here is a time when people are in need,” Corbin said.
Meanwhile, Guyana Action Party/Rise Organise and Rebuild (GAP/ROAR) Member of Parliament, Everal Franklin, in echoing the President and Opposition Leader’s call, said Guyana’s pledges should not be seen in isolation.
“We have to understand that we are a part of a very small community called mankind and I don’t think it takes a lot to stir our people to respond and I am hoping that through this effort and the committee’s work we realise what power he have when we come together and do positive things,” Franklin added.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday and according to initial Red Cross reports, three million people are hurt or homeless.