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Organisations step up to deliver water

Community help: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc and Delta Simga Theta Sorority Inc, get together at Prospect Primary School to deliver water to the families of the Cedar Park and Mary Victoria Road communities (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

More than 2,000 bottles of water have been donated to residents of Cedar Park by four community organisations.

Fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi, and sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta teamed up yesterday to assist families who have had to deal with receiving murky-looking water through their taps for years.

“We saw a need in the community and wanted to fill it,” Philip Trott, president of Alpha Phi Alpha said. “Our motive is really just to help.

“We’re just going to go around the houses, offer them the water and ask them if there is anything else they need long-term.”

Delta Sigma Theta president Rosette Simmons added: “It’s really just a gift we’re making to the community.”

She said they heard about the plight of the residents on the news and wanted to assist.

“We’re a public service organisation and that’s what we do; we serve the communities we live in and around the world.”

Shawnta Simmons, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Bermuda chapter Sigma Xi Omega, added that it was the community’s need that brought the organisations together.

“If we can fill a void, we are going to make that happen.”

Vice president of Kappa Alpha Psi, Craig Tyrrell, added: “I think it’s a great cause — the people up in this area are some of my friends and family.

“They are obviously in need of some assistance.

“We know that we won’t be able to solve the issue at hand. But we feel that we can at least give them a gift and hope that things can turn around and let them know that people in the community care about them.”

The four organisations partnered with local businesses and pooled their resources to purchase the 2,010 bottles of water.

They extended a special thank you to sponsors Pitt and Company, Hunt’s Food and Supplies, Fireminds and Bermuda Health Care Services.

After Progressive Labour Party MPs Dennis Lister and Diallo Rabain criticised the Bermuda Government for failing to fix the issue in a timely and efficient manner, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Works said last week that work was under way to correct the situation. An update on the progress of this work is not yet available.