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Published: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

With Cyclone Winston having wreaked havoc across Fiji, YachtAid Global and the superyacht industry are mobilising to provide aid to the island nation.

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(Photo: Umbra delivering aid after Cyclone Pam)

The storm is the most powerful ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, with winds up to 201 miles per hour, offshore swells reaching 12-metres and reports of widespread damage coming in from Fiji.

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has declared a nationwide state of emergency and a curfew is in place across the country. The effects of the cyclone are particularly poignant with the devastating effects of Cyclone Pam in March 2015, which decimated areas of Vanuatu, still fresh in the minds of people across the Pacific.

With extensive devastation reported across the nation, the superyacht industry is in a strong position to provide aid.

YachtAid Global will match monetary donations up to $3,000 USD and is putting the call out to yachts across the Pacific, and in Australia and New Zealand in particular, to deliver aid as soon as is possible. 

Yachts able to deliver supplies from one of the pick up points in Cairns, Brisbane, or Auckland are being called on to assist the peoples of Fiji. Supplies will be documented by the donors and then transited to Fiji through an established protocol, ensuring ease and speed of which crucial resources can reach the people of the Fijian islands.

YachtAid Global leverages the generosity and support of the superyacht community in serving coastal communities in need and welcomes participation from all corners of the industry.

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The non-profit has created guidelines in conjunction with their Fijian partners to ensure space onboard yachts is filled with supplies which the Fijian people are most in need of.

On the ground, non-profit SeaMercy Fiji’s directors, David Jamieson and Nigel Skeggs, along with other NGOs and businesses, will assist yachts in handling the cargo they’re carrying, including helping them with proper documentation to streamline the process. 

Michael Rettig and his non-profit LIFT, which offers logistics to fellow non-governmental organizations responding to natural disasters, are providing air partner support for the effort.

YachtAid Global, in partnership with yacht agents, NGOs and volunteers, was able to load superyachts with water, medical supplies and other necessities in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, successfully delivering aid to Vanuatu’s outer islands. In some cases these superyachts were the first responders to reach these devastated communities with life-saving water and other critical aid.

All funds collected by YachtAid for Fijian aid will go to post-disaster recovery. Three cargo collection points are being established in Cairns, Brisbane and Auckland, where a formal protocol will be followed.

Yachtaid Global Mobilizes Aid To Fiji In Wake Of Cyclone

(Photo: Frank and Peggy)

To learn more about the goods needed in Fiji, becoming a collection point, donating supplies, or offering help with aid delivery, contact Mark Drewelow: Mark@yachtaidglobal.org or Dhardra Blake: info@yachtaidglobal.org.

To make a monetary donation go to YachtAid Global and quote FIJI.

www.yachtaidglobal.org

www.seamercy.org

www.gotlift.org