Charter for Charity. IYC Hurricane Relief Fund to support the Bahamas recovery
The beautiful islands of the Bahamas hold a special place in the hearts of the superyacht community, as an overall favourite of many owners, captains, crew and charter guests. The terrible damage caused to parts of this popular cruising ground by Hurricane Dorian – particularly to the Abaco Island and Grand Bahama Island – in September 2019 was viewed world-over with sadness and dismay.
With nearby vessels immediately rallying to do what they could to help, M/Y Loon was one of the first vessels to arrive in the devastated Abacos following Hurricane Dorian. She delivered essential supplies, life-saving aid and personnel to the area in conjunction with YachtAid Global (YAG), with donations from both Loon and a number of other vessels in the IYC fleet including 164’ (50m) M/Y Hospitality, 55.4m (181’) M/Y Turquoise and 132’ (40.23m) M/Y Perla. 240’16’’ (73.2m) M/Y Laurel also deployed to the islands to deliver crucial supplies and to rescue over 50 dogs.
This immediate assistance was crucial, but recovery from this level of hurricane damage sadly goes beyond the first weeks and days, with a long road ahead for the communities of the Abacos and Grand Bahama.
As a way of providing ongoing financial support beyond the initial disaster relief efforts, IYC is pleased to announce a fundraising campaign led by the IYC Charter Management Department. This campaign appeals to owners to donate 1% of their charter revenue, between 23 September and 5 January 2020, with IYC matching up to 1% of their charter management fee. All proceeds will go to the IYC Hurricane Relief Fund – an initiative that ensures that the worst affected areas of Bahamas continue to receive help in the difficult months ahead.
With an overwhelmingly positive response from our owners and clients, a number of vessels have already signed on to this initiative, including: 164’ (50m) M/Y Hospitality, 145′ (44.20m) M/Y Tanzanite, 112′ (34.14m) M/Y Mambo and 110′ (33.53m) Le Reve.
Every yacht that contributes to the IYC Hurricane Relief Fund in this way will assist YAG in its ongoing efforts to get support to where it is needed most. The Bahamians are strong and resilient people, and with our help they will be able to rebuild and welcome the superyacht community back to the Abacos and Grand Bahama and other affected areas.
As a nation heavily reliant on tourism, further support can be given to the Bahamian people by encouraging yachts to continue to visit the areas unaffected by Hurricane Dorian, which include Nassau, Harbour Island and the Exumas. For more information on affected and unaffected areas, to sign up our fundraising campaign or to give direct support, contact the IYC team today.
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