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Online casino gaming magnate Calvin Ayre has announced that he's working to help support the Caribbean island of Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma last week.
Ayre has lived on Antigua for the past several years, which is the sister island of Barbuda. Through his Calvin Ayre Foundation, the entrepreneur is working to raise funds to help with relief efforts. These efforts will include bringing in emergency supplies, tents, and other necessities for residents. In an effort to raise more funds for the island, Ayre announced that his foundation will match donations to the relief efforts, up to $1 million. This contribution is through his foundation and Ayre will be making a separate contribution on his own.
This isn't the first time that Ayre has supported relief efforts, as he supported Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
The Caribbean got hit hard by Hurricane Irma, with no island being hit harder than perhaps Barbuda. The island took the brunt of Irma's wind and rains, as the storm was a Category 5 when it slammed them. The country's Prime Minister said 90% of Barbuda's structures have been destroyed, and at least 60% of the island's population is currently homeless.
Those interested in finding out more about the foundation's relief plan can do so here.