Thanks to the excellent relief coordination by YachtAid Global, 22nd of December saw the 45m expedition yacht BIG FISH being loaded with aid destined for the people of cyclone-struck islands of Fiji. Superyacht Big Fish left Auckland, New Zealand, on the 26th December and is expected to arrive in Fiji on the 31st December.
People of Fiji lost almost everything they had when cyclone Evan hit the area. Following the devastating event, YAG’s founder, Captain Mark Drewelow contacted Big Fish’s Captain Winston Joyce-Clarke and together they have decided to make better use of the space on board and help those in need. In addition to charter yacht Big Fish, companies that are working hard to assist the international relief in Fiji are C2C inc., Superyacht Support, Yacht Partners Fiji and Yacht Help Fiji.
About YachtAid Global
YachtAid Global orchestrates the delivery of humanitarian, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide. The organisation was founded in 2006 and is a registered nonprofit providing tax benefits to donors. YachtAid Global utilises a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, patrons who sponsor supplies and yacht owners and crew that offer to transport them.
They deliver to schools, medical clinics, cultural centres and other organisations in remote and isolated locations including Alaska, Indonesia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, French Polynesia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Belize, Vanuatu, and more. They work with an impressive roster of yachts to provide the owners and crew with an outlet to give back in a unique way that does not change the course of their cruise.
The simplified list of what has been collected by the McMullen & Wing built yacht BIG FISH came to over NZ$ 50,000 and 20 tons!
- 129 black bags of clothes
- 24 boxes medical supplies
- 24 bags of 2 paper hand towels
- 23 boxes hand towel dispensers
- 15 boxes toilet paper dispenser
- 4 tissue packs
- 108 x 8 rolls of toilet paper
- 38 boxes of tinned or dried food
- 28 boxes children’s stationary
- 15 boxes books
- 20 x water 20l
- 5 mattresses
- 1 tennis set
- 3 boxes tools and nails
- 9 boxes kitchen equipment
- 5 boxes baskets and buckets
- 3 portable generators
SURI and YachtAid Global
Motor Yacht SURI is another luxury vessel that collaborated with YachtAid Global. Suri took on board a few tons of humanitarian aid in Los Angeles in November, to help the Tsunami impacted Robinson Crusoe Island. SURI departed Los Angeles and travelled non stop to the island arriving on November 25.