The Walt Disney Company has announced that they will be contributing over $1 million to assist with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas.
In the announcement, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said:
The Walt Disney Company stands with the people of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. We hope our $1 million donation will provide much-needed relief and help our neighbors, colleagues and all those impacted by this devastating storm begin the long process of recovery as they work to put their lives and communities back together.
The donations will go to relief agencies who will not only begin the recovery and rebuilding efforts, but also provide immediate supplies like food and basic construction materials to impacted areas.
Disney will also provide assistance to Cast and Crew Members that were affected by Dorian. Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay employs more than 60 Bahamian locals from Abaco, Grand Bahama, and other islands.
Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line commented on Disney’s presence in The Bahamas:
The Bahamas is such a special place to us and our guests, and we have watched the devastation created by Hurricane Dorian with concern and heartache. We stand with the Bahamian people, and especially those in Abaco and Grand Bahama, as they recover from the worst storm to ever make landfall in The Bahamas. As the needs in these communities are assessed, we are prepared to aid the relief and recovery efforts through funding, the provision of supplies and by providing support to our Bahamian Crew Members.
Castaway Cay itself experience tropical force strength winds and suffered only minor damage, though more surveying will need to be done before ships are allowed to return to the island.
Source: The Walt Disney Company