A combined relief effort for volcano-ravaged St. Vincent saw some sixty tons of items collected for the people of that island. Following the outpouring of support from the local community, the next hurdle organizers faced as transporting the relief to St. Vincent.
But, that challenge was soon solved. Mike McKenzie, owner of the 35-ton vessel Big Red Boat, offered it free of charge to transport items from here to St. Vincent. The only obligation was providing vessel fuel.
The boat has made its first voyage to St. Vincent thanks to fuel from Tradewinds Vacation Club. The boat departed St. Vincent on Sunday and is expected back today, Tuesday. Upon its return, it will be packed for a second voyage. Fuel for this voyage will be supplied by Sol, thanks to its CEO Robert James.
Organizers Clarence Derby, Natasha Wright Derby, and Augustus Thomas said the drive has “met and exceeded all expectations.”
The relief drive is in collaboration with St. Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and is supported by the Adventist Development Relief Agency, Firefighters Association, WIFOL, the Caribbean Unity Foundation, Tradewinds Cruise Club, K1 Brittannia Foundation, and Alicia Stay Foundation.