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Pay It Forward – Kiwis, Superyacht Industry Aid Cyclone Victims

A large load of supplies and hurricane relief supplies were delivered by motor yacht BIG FISH and her crew on New Year's eve, in Fiji, to help victims of Cyclone Evan.   The luxury mega yacht charter vessel left Auckland on Boxing Day, bound for Viti Levu and carrying with aid provided by the New Zealand superyacht industry and local residents.
 
The effort was organized by YachtAid Global, in partnership with Superyacht Support New Zealand and Yacht Partners Fiji.
 
BIG FISH motoryacht takes supplies to Fiji to help victims of Cyclone Evan in an effort organized by YachtAid Global, Superyacht Support New Zealand, and Yacht Partners Fiji
Tied up at the main pier at Lautoka, Captain Winston Joyce-Clarke and his crew unloaded 24 boxes of medical supplies, along with portable generators, mattresses, and 129 bags filled with clothing, books, toys, tools, kitchen utensils, stationary, food and so much more. The supplies totaled over $NZ50,000 and weighed more than two tons.
 
Supplies for victims of Cyclone Evan in Fiji carried onboard motoryacht BIG FISHTropical Cyclone Evan caused widespread destruction in the Pacific, especially in Fiji when it made landfall on December 17. Over 11,000 people sought refuge in evacuation shelters, and many homes were damaged by ï¬‚ooding and high winds.  Aid distributors such as the Fiji Red Cross will work to ensure the supplies delivered by yacht BIG FISH will reach those people in need.

Superyacht Support of New Zealand coordinated the effort to collect the supplies. They employed a high school student, James Cackett, to use his social media talents and get the word out via Twitter and Facebook to contact people both in and outside the Kiwi marine industry.
 
Cackett worked tirelessly up to the Boxing Day departure to ensure every piece of donated aid was collected and safely stored on M/Y BIG FISH. Along with a team of volunteers, he collected aid from MedAire, Leisure Industries, Plunket, Westpac Bank Ponsonby, Events Clothing, Just Water, Medical Aid Abroad, Hygiene Systems, Westmere Primary School, Pakuranga Rotary Club, Quinovic Property, Blue Star Print Group, Rotary Club Newmarket, McCollums Print, BJ Ball, The Peace Foundation, The Pollard Family, Auckland Engineering Supplies, and the friends and family of the Viaduct Harbour Marine staff.
 
Jeanette Tobin of Superyacht Support explains the close ties between New Zealand and Fiji, and the eager attitude of the Kiwis to help their island neighbors. "Fiji is a major destination for superyachts heading through the Pacific and quite often the last stop before the vessel arrives in New Zealand or the first stop after it leaves. We have a very close affiliation with the country and for New Zealand to continue to grow as a superyacht destination, we need to help our neighbors when and where we can,” said Tobin.
 
As we kick off a new year, let this wonderful story of friendship and the spirit of giving inspire you to, "Pay it forward" in your own community in 2013…  

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