Post Irma Update
For an update on our Community Relief Fund please click the Irma Update tab
OCTOBER 25, 2017: In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, VISAR’s dedicated crew members have worked tireless to ensure the safety and well being of the territory. VISAR partnered immediately with Government Agencies, The Royal British Navy and Marine Core, Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Serve On, Shelter Box, Unite BVI and local business to carry out daily missions of safety checks on individuals and sister islands, medical aid and food distributions to Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, medical evacuations from Virgin Gorda to Tortola and medical assistance for the clinics on Anegada and Virgin Gorda. Our crew members have not stopped and are continuing to support the rebuild efforts.
We would also like to extend a big thank you to former Board and crew member, Mark Smith, who arrived from England just days after Irma and was able to come in fresh to provide much needed support and guidance.
In the days following the storm, former employee Tania Paine and crew member Jude Holmes, both off island took the helm updating our social media pages, giving updates and interviews to the BBC and created a YouCare page to support the relief and rebuild effort. The Board of Directors have decided the funds raised (currently over $26,000) will go to the aid of rebuilding the schools. This will help give a sense of normality to the students and ease the stress on parents and family members caring for them so they too can get back to some sense of normality. VISAR will be working together with the Ministry of Education, Team Rubicon and Convoy of Hope to purchase and deliver the supplies that are needed. We will be updating our social media pages with our progress. The Board also donated funds to aid in the burial and rebuilding process for a family that lost their love one to Irma.
VISAR’s bases on Tortola and Virgin Gorda both sustained serious damage. Tortola’s base will need a new roof and doors, some structural support, all new sheetrock as well as a new classroom. Virgin Gorda lost their office space and a good amount of medical supplies due to the wind. However on a happy note, both rescue vessels came through the storm with no damage! Nanny Cay Marina has been a wonderful partner and has allowed us to keep Spirit docked safely while we rebuild. Thankfully Gorda Peak is safely secured at their base at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour.
In mid-December, the BVI will see it’s first charter guests and VISAR is aiming to be shout ready! If you’re able to donate to the rebuild, please click here.