... we work with the Bridge Foundation, an NGO that's really expert in disaster relief. We developed strong relations with these partners.  
Ivan Menezes, CEO, Diageo, plc on CNBC regarding Haiti earthquake response

Airlift to Caribbean Flood Victims

Monday, 07 June 2004 00:00

New Canaan, CT - On June 6, 2004 the Bridge Foundation airlifted urgently needed disaster relief supplies to flood victims in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The airlift contained nearly 55,000 pounds of beans, rice, cooking oil, infant formula and nutritional supplements. The flight landed in Santo Domingo and continued onto Port-au-Prince.


Severe flooding has taken more than 3,300 lives with the number sure to rise as many areas remain inaccessible due to landslides. The flooding will continue to plague recovery efforts as recently sown crops have been washed away in many areas. Many rural villages have yet to receive supplies. Helicopter transport remains the only means of delivering supplies to some remote areas. Thousands of families remain in desperate need of food, shelter, potable water and basic medical needs.

The Bridge Foundation worked with the Embassy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in the Dominican Republic. The primary areas of distribution will be the El Cibao region where 17 villages were affected.

In Haiti, the Bridge Foundation partnered with Catholic Relief Services. Supplies will be distributed in the southeastern region of the country bordering the Dominican Republic in the area of the port town of Marigot.

New Canaan based Bridge Foundation, founded in 2002, is a nonprofit humanitarian aid and development organization which promotes and supports the improvement of human health and nutrition worldwide. The Foundation provides humanitarian assistance directly to people in need, irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, or political position. Bridge Foundation provides both immediate humanitarian response, as well as, support to indigenous medical practitioners in the form of material assistance, training and education programs within the public health sector. We accomplish our mission by utilizing resources from the developed world in creating successful partnerships with community-based healthcare providers in developing countries.

The airlift was underwritten and organized by Stamford-based, Diageo. Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer categories.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit them at www.diageo.com.

Guy L. Smith, Executive Vice President of Diageo, said, "As a company, Diageo has a global reach but more importantly, we have a global responsibility. We are proud we could help make a difference in the lives of those affected."

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