Ken and Fiona Williams are a Fort Erie couple, who owned a winter home in the Bahamas, that is until it was devastated when hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, with winds reaching 295 km/h, carved its destructive path through the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, claiming at least 50 lives with some 1,300 still missing, as well as doing an estimated $7 billion in damage and leaving many homes destroyed. Ken and Fiona’s home was one of those.
But the couple put aside their own loss, saying they will rebuild eventually, and focused their efforts on what they called “more important” things – helping others. Which they did by starting a GoFundMe campaign and collecting supplies and necessities they know Bahamians will need as the country recovers. The support has been overwhelming. “It’s been really wonderful. We’re touched by what’s being done,” Ken said Tuesday in the warehouse of Pumpcrete, his concrete business in Niagara Falls surrounded by bags and tubs of donations for the relief effort.
The couple have compiled a list of items, which includes everything from non-perishable food items to medical supplies and everything in between. They are asking that water not be donated as they will purchase that when they head to Florida in the coming weeks. The couple plans to deliver the supplies once ferry service is re-established between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the island.
If you would like to read more about Ken and Fiona, their view of Hurricane Dorian, or the support the couple have received you can find it in your Good News Story of the Day here. The GoFundMe campaign, meanwhile has raised more than $54,000. Anyone wishing to donate can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/f/hurricane-dorian-grand-bahama-relief-fund.
Story and Image from Niagara This Week.