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DOMINICA TROPICAL STORM ERIKA RELIEF DRIVE
Thursday 3rd September 2015

The Dominica Marine Association is reaching out to its neighboring islands for assistance in the relief efforts. If you can help please do so, and please pass this on to your friends, family and teams.

Peter Anthony, Director of Ondeck Antigua, has agreed to take the 65 ft. yacht Spirit of Juno to Dominica on Friday, which is to be loaded with various donated goods. If you would like to help you can drop goods at this location: Ondeck Antigua, Compton Building, Dockyard Drive.Please note as the yacht has a specific weight capacity, heavy liquids/goods may not be accepted. To inquire about assisting in his effort, contact him at pa@ondecksailing.com.

 

Letter from Hubert Winston, President of the Dominica Marine Association

On August 27th, 2015, the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island of only 289 square miles in the Caribbean, was hit by Tropical Storm Erika, resulting in widespread catastrophic damage and death.

Twenty people are confirmed dead and others are still missing. Damage to homes and local businesses has left hundreds homeless and many without a means of income. Many major bridges were destroyed and the roadways have been rendered impassable.  Access to essential services including communications, electricity and clean water has been severely disrupted.

To compound matters, the main airport on the island was severely damaged, keeping much needed supplies from getting to those who so desperately need relief.

Dominica Marine Association is appealing to the international marine and yachting communities to assist us in any way possible.  For yachts interested in bringing in supplies such as diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, bottled water, non-perishable food, dry food, school supplies, battery operated lamps, batteries, personal hygiene goods, and more, please notify the Dominica Marine Association before entering port (Roseau or Portsmouth) so all Custom duties would be waived once you arrive.
 
Those of you that would rather send in monetary donations, could do so from the Crowdfund link below:
https://www.youcaring.com/the-people-directly-affected-by-tropical-storm-erika-423803#.VeT1N0BBluk.email

All proceeds from this fund-raiser will go directly to the Dominica Red Cross, the Dominica Marine Association water taxi efforts, and to the Office of Disaster Management.  
 
We would be grateful if you can find it in your heart to assist us in this great time of need.
 
Yours respectfully,

Hubert Winston
President
Dominica Marine Association


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