A Hurricane Irma Relief Fundraising Dinner will take place on 11 November on the ‘Flight Deck’ at Land Rover BAR, the home of the British America’s Cup Team, in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire. Many high profile sailing names have already pledged their support for the cause including Sir Ben and Lady Georgie Ainslie, Ian Walker, Shirley Robertson, Sam Davies, Andy Beadsworth and Helena Lucas.
The funds raised will be channelled towards helping support the relief effort for the regeneration and reconstruction of communities in those British territories in the Caribbean that have been most severely hit by the hurricane. These include, but are not limited to, the islands of the BVI, Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla.
The funds will be allocated to specific projects based on various criteria set out by the trustees, with a key focus being on supporting the communities that are dependant on the sea and watersports for their livelihood and social wellbeing.
The November fundraising event is the main launch initiative that kick-starts a longer-term plan to help the islanders rebuild their lives, their businesses and their economies.
Speaking on behalf of the Sail Aid UK team international yachtsman Philippe Falle said: “The UK sailing community pledges to support the Caribbean victims of the 2017 hurricanes which have completely destroyed entire islands. It will take years to rebuild a part of the world that so many of us enjoy both professionally and for our leisure activities.”
He continued, “Sail Aid UK strives to support that process and this exciting fundraising dinner with many sailing celebrities and stars already committed to supporting it gives everyone focus. Please like and share our facebook.com/sailaiduk page to keep updated and don’t miss out on the opportunity to give something back to the communities that give us so much pleasure year after year.”
Anyone wishing to get involved, whether in donating prizes, donating funds, making enquiries about table bookings for the dinner email: firstname.lastname@example.org.