Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund
Jamie Edmiston reflects on the recent terrible events affecting the Caribbean and United States.
On September 6th Hurricane Irma hit the Leeward Islands and the Bahamas with devastating consequences. Only now are we all beginning to see the full effects.
For so many years we have all enjoyed the natural beauty, culture and lifestyle that these islands have provided. Right now, in their time of acute distress, they need our help. Action speaks louder than words and action will be delivered by front line organisations able to decide and distribute whatever is necessary, wherever it is most needed.
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.
At a time when people and places that have given so much to the yachting world are in such dire need, we all owe it to them to move quickly, decisively and effectively.
Please give in the spirit that you have received and let’s work together to get a place we all love, back on it’s feet as soon as possible.
May I take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your generosity.
14th September 2017 |