Hurricane Irma Relief Fund | Update
Following our last news story on the relief efforts taking place in the Caribbean, along with some suggested agencies offering support and aid to those that need it most, we bring further updates on what is happening on the ground.
Woody Edmiston has just arrived into Antigua as part of Team Rubicon, a UK-based response unit bringing aid in the form of shelter and medical supplies to the region. This effort is in conjunction with a team from the Virgin Group. Team Rubicon is made up of ex British Military personnel, ready and able to offer their expertise in a variety of situations.
Speaking via satellite phone, Woody Edmiston said “There is currently a team of seven from Team Rubicon in situ on Virgin Gorda assessing damage. We were met by a scene of absolute devastation on and around the BVIs. I can only ask that this message is broadcast so that awareness can be raised as much as possible."
Team Rubicon is preparing to receive and distribute 17 pallets of aid from Shelter Box, being delivered by Virgin. Another partner in the operation, Yacht Club Costa Smerelda, has offered to store and act as a distribution centre for the incoming aid.
It is only through these combined efforts that life on the islands can hope to be brought back to some level of normality.
Edmiston will be supporting the Team Rubicon initiatives over the coming days.
Find out more about Team Rubicon here
Edmiston is making an appeal for clients to donate to any of the four aid relief organisations we have shortlisted. URL links below will take you directly to a web page where you can make your donation.
• ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by this disaster. Edmiston is sending personnel to the Caribbean to help transport ShelterBoxes from Antigua to the BVIs. We are also appealing to owners with yachts in the area for assistance with transportation of these lifesaving boxes.
• The Gustavia Yacht Club’s appeal for St Barts. With an initial donation of Euro100,000 by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, this initiative will focus on St Barths, prioritising people in real need both in Gustavia and across the entire island.
• Virgin Unite is Sir Richard Branson’s fund to support efforts on the ground in the British Virgin Islands providing immediate aid and assistance as well as starting the recovery programme.
• YachtAid Global serves as the umbrella humanitarian organization for the Marine Industry. With an extensive network of yacht owners, yacht crew and logistics, they are already in the thick of the action distributing supplies to those hardest hit.
15th September 2017