Emergency appeal for Cuba raises over £20,000 in first few days
Campaign News | Monday, 27 April 2020
There has been an amazing response to the Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s Emergency COVID-19 Appeal for Cuba. Over £20,000 has been donated in the first few days of the appeal by over 500 donors.
The money is being sent to Cuba to be used by the Ministry of Health as part of their efforts to combat coronavirus across the island. The money will be used to buy ventilators, testing kits and personal protective equipment for use in Cuba.
The United States blockade has already been responsible for shortages in medical supplies, food, fuel and many other basic necessities on the island. The current global health crisis has exacerbated these shortages, making the Cuban people vulnerable as they find it hard to access vital medical equipment to treat the virus domestically. The US is also tightening measures against the island, for example by preventing a shipment of vital medical aid from China from reaching the country.
Rob Miller, CSC Director, said
“On behalf of CSC I want to pay tribute to everyone that has responded so quickly to this emergency appeal. We are all in admiration of Cuba’s amazing international response to the pandemic by sending over 20 medical brigades to countries across the globe. At the same time Cuba itself needs assistance to ensure the best possible protection and treatment for the Cuban population at this time. The vicious US Blockade is still in place and is stopping vital supplies from reaching the island. We need to step up the campaign against the blockade and help the Cuban people directly as best we can.”
By cheque: Cheques should be made payable to ‘CSC’ and be clearly marked on the back: ‘Cuba COVID-19 Appeal’. Please send to: Cuba Solidarity Campaign c/o UNITE, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB, UK
BACS and phone donations: If you would like to make a donation by phone or bank transfer, please call +44 (0)20 7490 5715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you. During the coronavirus pandemic we are picking up calls remotely so may not be in the office when you call, but will reply during office hours if you leave a message and contact details.
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign is covering the costs of all banking charges and transfer costs to ensure every penny donated goes directly towards buying critical supplies to support Cuban health workers.