Help Rebuild Lives in the British Virgin Islands

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Dear Friends,

On September 6th, Hurricane Irma, the strongest and largest Category 5 hurricane ever to come across the Atlantic, hit the tiny islands of the British Virgin Islands. Winds of upward of 225 mph and three tornadoes in the eyewall were reported.

The destruction left in Irma’s path was horrific and catastrophic. The locals find themselves facing a humanitarian crisis in the short term and the prospect of rebuilding their homes and livelihoods over the coming months and years.

An estimated 90% of people in the BVI’s work in tourism-related industries. Hotels, boats, resorts and support services, along with all the jobs, have quite literally disappeared overnight.

“It was dreadful, I was scared but couldn’t show my fears as I had to be strong for my family of two. With a total of five rooms in the house, it was the bedroom we survived in as water and high force wind was making its way in. Looking outside was a shaken scene.  My house has 100% vanished. My last income was September 4th because my boat was destroyed.  I’ve been offloading as many containers as possible all for free.  If the donors can find the time to go shopping and donate, then I can find the time to help offload and donate.  Challenges are hard, but it’s beatable and to do so we must give it our 100%. I believe if we work together we can build a stronger, cleaner and greener Virgin Islands. Please if you can do anything to help the British Virgin Islands, please do so and thank you in advance.”  

~ Allington “Gumption” Creque  – BVI Resident and Friend ~

The people of the BVI’s are resilient and strong.  They are working together to rebuild their homes and communities but they can’t do it alone.  We ask you to consider a donation to benefit caring and dedicated residents like Gumption.  Donations will directly support the communities of the BVI via Virgin Unite’s BVI Community Support Appeal and 25% will also support the National Tennis Foundation to help them continue their amazing program, which includes hosting young tennis players displaced by the hurricane at their Las Vegas chapter base.

Thank you for your support,

Steve Gareleck
Chairman, National Tennis Foundation

All donations will be directed to Virgin Unite’s BVI Community Support Appeal and the National Tennis Foundation (501c).

Images used were taken by Gumption (facebook) and Caribbean Buzz Helicopter Tours (facebook) in the British Virgin Islands.