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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.
Aerial photograph of BIG FISH motoryacht yacht charter boatTied 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 NZ $50,000 and weighed more than two tons.


Photograph of supplies aboard yacht BIG FISH that the yacht is delivering to victims of Cyclone Evan The immense tropical Cyclone Evan caused widespread destruction in the Pacific. In specific, in Fiji when it made landfall on December 17. Over 11,000 people sought refuge in evacuation shelters, and many homes were damaged by flooding 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.  His social media talents get the word out via Twitter and Facebook.  Specifically, to contact people both in and outside the Kiwi marine industry.


Cackett worked tirelessly up to the Boxing Day departure. In specific, 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 multiple sources. For instance MedAire, Leisure Industries, Plunket, and Westpac Bank Ponsonby. In addition, Events Clothing, Just Water, Medical Aid Abroad, Hygiene Systems, and Westmere Primary School.  Moreover, Pakuranga Rotary Club, Quinovic Property, Blue Star Print Group, and Rotary Club Newmarket.  Additionally, McCollums Print, BJ Ball, The Peace Foundation, The Pollard Family, and Auckland Engineering Supplies.  Lastly, the friends and family of the Viaduct Harbour Marine staff.


Jeanette Tobin of Superyacht Support explains the close ties between New Zealand and Fiji.  The Kiwis are so eager to help others.
“Fiji is a major destination for superyachts heading through the Pacific. It is quite often the last stop before the vessel arrives in New Zealand.  As well, it is sometimes the first stop after it leaves. We have a very close affiliation with the country. Subsequently, for New Zealand to continue to grow as a superyacht destination.  We need to help our neighbors when and where we can.


As we kick off a new year, let this wonderful story of friendship and the spirit of giving inspire you.  Pay it forward in your own community.  


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Ms. Jana Sheeder is President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience(tm) since 1976. Private luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and The Florida Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay It Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, Giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6-star customer service, experience, and generosity.

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