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blink | bmobile and the Red Cross serve the community

Caption: Tracy Hutchinson -Wallace, Communications Officer at the Red Cross receives the donations from TSTT's EVP Blink Sales, Service & Tobago Operations, Mrs. Dianna de Sousa.

blink | bmobile has come to the assistance of the residents of Diego Martin and Maraval who are still reeling from the floods of August 11th, 2012. The company recently donated canned food, school bags, toiletries and household items to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross. The items collected, were donated by the generous employees through TSTT’s Can Project, while Management also donated mobile phones.

Tracy Hutchinson -Wallace, Communications Officer at the Red Cross, in receiving the donations from TSTT’s Ag. Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Dianna de Sousa, said she was heartened by the outpouring of generosity from blink | bmobile and the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

Even though the Red Cross office at Fitzblackman Drive, Woodbrook was also affected by the flood, Hutchinson - Wallace noted that the team still managed to bring relief to 350 families from the donations received.  The school bags and stationery supplies will be among the first blink | bmobile - donated items to be given to the residents since they are much needed by youngsters given the start of the new school year.She further stated, “As prosaic as these items may seem, they will go a long way towards normalising the lives of the children affected by the flooding,”

Hutchinson -Wallace added that the distribution process at the Red Cross is a structured one that adheres to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) guidelines. Residents, she said, are assessed to determine their needs.“The assessments ensure that we are satisfying the needs of the people affected and that there are no overlaps and gaps in the relief process.

Mrs. de Sousa said that the employees had been instrumental in the recovery efforts from the day of the disaster.  “The company immediately swung into action, working alongside contractors to initiate recovery solutions. Reliable telecommunications were restored to the homes of some 10,000 residents to facilitate those dependent on voice, data and video service within 24 hours”, she said.

Apart from the service restoration, de Sousa expressed her gratitude to her staff for making it possible for the company to make such a substantial contribution to bringing relief to those affected.