Hurricane Matthew (October 2016):
Hurricane Matthew slammed into the town of Baracoa on October 5, 2016. The consequences were devastating: Three thousand homes were demolished, 23,000 others were seriously damaged.
Fifty days of constant rain after the hurricane exacerbated the situation.
The Friendship Association responded by sending a 40-ft container full of new mattresses. The container was loaded in Halifax and arrived in Santiago de Cuba on January 2 from where the mattresses were taken to Baracoa by truck and distributed to the most needy.
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Other fundraiser initiatives:
Nuance Gallery fundraiser
804 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa
Visiting Cuban artist: Carlos Rene Aguilera Tamayo
Opening Friday October 14 6-8pm and Saturday October 15 1-3pm
Hurricane Ike (2008):
Fundraiser in St. Augustine
On October 22, 2008
“Believe in Baracoa” – A fundraiser to benefit the St. Augustine Baracoa Friendship Association
St. Augustine, FL- DOW Advantage, a pre-professional public relations group at Flagler College held a fundraiser at the Gamache-Koger Theater in Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center.
The women’s community service organization from Flagler College, Phi Alpha Omega, contributed a monetary donation to supply the food.
The purpose of the event is to create awareness about the victims of the multiple hurricanes, which devastated Cuba and left our Cuban neighbors with virtually nothing. Proceeds of the fundraiser were given to the St. Augustine Baracoa Friendship Association.
Trip to Canada
Between November 15 and November 19 a group of Friendship Association directors were in Canada to ship from Halifax a 40-ft container destined to hurricane victims in Cuba.