The philanthropic business magnate, Richard Branson, is assisting YachtAid Global in delivering supplies to kids and families in St. Maarten for post-Hurricane Gonzalo relief.
On Oct. 14, Hurricane Gonzalo raced through St. Maarten. The people of St. Maarten were expecting a tropical storm and — only 30 minutes prior to landfall—received notice the storm had grown into a Category 3 hurricane. With very little preparation time, the island residents did not have proper protection in place as the storm swept over the island.
Learning of this and set to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, YachtAid Global Volunteer Event Advisor, Dhardra Blake, sought out which yachts would be headed South after the show and could assist in delivering much needed supplies to either St. Maarten or Antigua.
“YAG’s mission simply is to seek out and find like-minded Captains and Owners to participate in our humanitarian efforts,” says Blake. “There are so many yachts which travel close to areas in need — whatever the cause.”