DIGICEL BVI STAFF RAISE FUNDS FOR HAITI
Friday, 12 February 2010 – Road Town, Tortola: Digicel BVI employees, from the CEO to the messenger, took the time out today Friday February 12th to pay extra attention to the plight of earthquake victims in Haiti.
Approximately one month ago to the day, a 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti, leaving up to 230,000 people dead, hundreds of thousands injured and tremendous infrastructural damage.
Within a day of the tragedy, Digicel announced a $5 million cash donation and arranged to send technical teams into Port-au-Prince to assist in re-building the telecommunications network. Just recently, the song, Rise Again, a collaborative effort between Digicel and top Caribbean artists, including Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Etana, Tessanne Chin, Edwin Yearwood, David Rudder, Destra Garcia and Allison Hinds, was released for sale on iTunes, also in aid of Haiti.
In addition, Digicel has rallied its 32 markets to come up with further ways to contribute to the relief effort. In some markets, staff paid top dollar to see their CEOs shave their heads or get their bodies waxed.
Here in the BVI, the estimated 20 Digicel BVI employees literally took to the streets this morning with buckets of red roses and conveying one message: “Help Haiti Smile Again”. Staff planned to be out and about on Tortola and also on Virgin Gorda throughout the weekend selling roses.
“We at Digicel are really moved to do all we can for the people of Haiti who are suffering as a result of the earthquake,” stated Digicel BVI CEO Alan Bates. “When we launched in Haiti in 2006, the people there welcomed us with open arms and we now have over 2 million customers there.”
Mr. Bates said Digicel lost employees and family members as a result of the disaster and Digicel supports every legitimate effort to raise funds to alleviate the suffering of the Haitian people and help to re-build the country.
He commended the local Digicel BVI staff for rising to the occasion and contributing to this worthy cause and he encouraged everyone to take advantage of yet another opportunity to help the people of Haiti by buying a rose for their loved ones this Valentine’s weekend. He said 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these roses will go to the Digicel Haiti Relief Fund.
For more information about Digicel BVI, please call +1 284 300 2273, drop by in-store or visit our website www.digicelbvi.com.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
After eight years of operation, Digicel has 8.8 million customers across its Caribbean and Central American markets and is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications – the company is also a recent entrant to the Central American and Pacific markets.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 32 markets world-wide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
In total, across its 32 markets, Digicel has 10.3 million subscribers.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean and Central American sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team and Special Olympics teams throughout the region. Digicel is also title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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