Charity YachtAid Global, has reached out to nearby superyachts in the South Pacific, asking them to offer aid to Fiji after the recent Cyclone Winston recently hit.
The cyclone, which is the most powerful ever recorded in Fiji, caused widespread devastation with winds over 200mph, torrential rain and 12m waves. Described as a Category Five storm, over 8,000 people had to evacuate their homes, and the death toll, which currently stands at 29, is due to rise according to rescue workers.
A non-profit organisation, YachtAid Global aims to support coastal communities in need with the help of the superyacht community, and is currently working with the Fijian authorities to provide aid The charity is currently offering to match monetary donations of up to $3000 USD, and is asking yachts in Australia and New Zealand mainly to deliver aid as soon as possible.
After Cyclone Pam hit the island of Vanuatu in 2015, YachtAid Global loaded superyachts with water, medical supplies and other necessities for delivery to the outer islands. 51m Dameb superyacht, Umbra was one of the first yachts to provide aid to people and the 73m Dragonfly also transported medical teams and aid to remote areas.
If you’re a superyacht in the region wanting to help with aid delivery, please contact captain Mark Drewelow. Or to donate supplies from Cairns, Brisbane or Auckland, contact Drhardra Blake at email@example.com.
To make a donation, visit YachtAid Global. All funds raised will go towards post-disaster recovery.