Sterling Hurricane Hole Announces Partnership with Bahamas Feeding Network for Global Food Drive
Sterling Hurricane Hole Announces Partnership with Bahamas Feeding Network for Global Food Drive Monday, April 30, 2018 Sterling Hurricane Hole announced today it will partner with the Bahamas Feeding Network for a first of its kind food drive, appealing to local residents to drop off donations at two different locations and to Bahamians and a broader audience around the world to donate online. “Sterling is very fortunate to operate in an incredible place like The Bahamas. But we are aware that there are many among us who are not so fortunate. The extent of hunger in The Bahamas, particularly in New Providence, is great, but not greatly known. Far too many persons go to bed hungry. Too many children go to school on an empty belly, yet are expected to concentrate and perform as if nothing were wrong,” said Khaalis Rolle, Vice President Sterling Hurricane Hole. “As we prepare to invest in a major overhaul of Hurricane Hole Marina and develop the surrounding Paradise Island property into a world-class destination with dining, shopping, offices and residences, Sterling believed it was important to help fight the valiant war on hunger. We hope that by doing so in a very public way, we not only raise needed funds, but awareness so hunger is not a hidden shame, but a condition we all work to improve together.” According to Rolle, affiliate company Sterling Global Financial had been following the work of the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) for some time. The brainchild of H.E. Frank Crothers, BFN was founded in 2013 and has prepped, cooked, packaged and distributed more than half a million hot meals since. Operating out of a modest house in Fox Hill donated for the cause, a team of 40 or more volunteers prepares some 2800 hot meals on Thursdays and Sundays. BFN vans help distribute the food to its member network of churches, soup kitchens and feeding centres or packs them into pastors’ and representatives’ waiting vehicles. “Words cannot express how great the need to feed is nor our gratitude to corporate supporters like Sterling Hurricane Hole,” said Philip Smith, the dedicated, hands-on exec director who began feeding the hungry more than a decade ago, cooking food in his own kitchen and doling it out of a beat-up van. Since the founding of the Bahamas Feeding Network five years ago, his efforts have expanded beyond what he calls “his wildest dreams thanks to so many who understand the pain of hunger and want to help.” Sterling announced its partnership during the unveiling of the draft master plan for its $250 million mixed-use development of the 13-acre site at Hurricane Hole. The food drive will begin Friday, May 4 and run through Saturday, May 26. Food items or donations may be dropped off at Hurricane Hole Marina office, Paradise Island, or Sterling Global Financial, East Bay Street, Monday-Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. The drive will kick off and conclude with live remotes in the parking lot on Nassau harbor across from Sterling’s office east of the Paradise Island Bridge and west of Poop Deck. The online site will go live May 4 and will remain open through Sterling’s website, www.sterlinggloballtd.com, until the end of the drive. The Bahamas Feeding Network’s site’s donation portal is ongoing. Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Network through NGO partner, One Eleuthera Foundation.