I-Witness News, SVG’s leading news and current affairs website, has donated cash to the Christmas disaster relief effort.
Journalist Kenton X. Chance, founder of and executive editor at I-Witness News, said in a call to a radiothon organized by NBC Radio this month that the news website would donate EC$500 to the recovery effort.
The website fulfilled that pledge last week when it deposited EC$500 into the 2014 disaster relief account at Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“I-Witness News is a small media entity with very limited resources, but we are happy to be able to make a small financial contribution to helping the nation to recover from the devastating floods and landslide last Christmas,” Chance said.
“However, the cash donated to the relief effort is miniscule compared to the value of the information we have been providing free of charge to readers since 2009, and especially in the immediate aftermath of the Christmas disaster,” Chance added.
“It was largely I-Witness News that kept the nation and persons outside of St. Vincent and the Grenadines informed at a time when there was a desperate need for information. We broke the story of persons being washed away Christmas Eve night and have been reporting on the story since.
“On the other hand, operators of subscription-based news websites in St. Vincent and the Grenadines did not publish a single story in the first three days of the disaster. At the same time, our content was being used by media houses across the Caribbean and as far as Canada and the United Kingdom, including the BBC,” Chance further said.
“Our coverage of the disaster shows why thousand of persons come to I-Witness News everyday to get ‘News that matters NOW,’” Chance said.
Nine persons have been confirmed dead and three are missing after the disaster, which also left extensive damage to housing, infrastructure and agriculture.