The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST] said they are “very grateful to those residents who responded so quickly to their appeal for financial support,” as the “investments made will allow BEST to continue critical services while they work on a sustainable financial pathway.”

BEST President Stuart Hayward said he had been uplifted by the community reaction since BEST revealed its cash shortage at the end of January.

“Especially heartening was the support of new donors to BEST like Colin James of Atlantic Securities Limited, who came to our office in person, early morning on the day of our appeal,” BEST said. “With an encouraging smile and a cheque in hand to donate to BEST he said, ‘I just couldn’t imagine Bermuda without BEST.”

“Buoyed by this start to our appeal we were delighted to receive a call shortly thereafter from another supporter, Vallis & Hayward, to offer assistance to BEST with office accommodations.

“We were delighted to take them up on their offer and have since moved our offices into Suite 403, on the 4th Floor of the International Centre on Bermudiana Road in Hamilton.”

Gail Miller, BEST Chair explained further, “We are still a long way from meeting our annual budget and will continue to focus on developing donor relationships. On that front, Kim Smith will take on the additional duty of managing this for us as we simultaneously cultivate a group of board members and volunteers to assist us with fund development and fund raising.’

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