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Making a Difference: What to do with Old Saddle Pads

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SADDLE PADS AND PRIVATE YACHTS

What do horse saddle pads have to do with boats, and private yacht charters, and the ocean?

We love our work and are passionate about sharing The Superyacht Experience™ with our clients and friends.  In addition, we love spending time away from the water. For example, on a ranch with horses, pastures, and clean, country air.

 

A STACK OF PADS

Last week, I noticed a stack of old saddle pads in the barn.  They are still usable.  Specifically, soft and thick, but starting to fray a bit.

We came up with an idea.  In specific, a way to recycle the pads and put them to good use.  Extend their lives.

So, we put washed the pads, tossed them into a couple of reusable, eco-friendly  1-800 Yacht Charter “Eco-tote” bags, and took them to our local animal rescue shelter, PAWS4YOU.   It turns out, saddle pads make perfect beds for dogs!

The pads are mostly rectangular in shape, and filled with soft, cushiony fabric.  The same thick fabric designed to protect a horse from the impact of a rider and saddle when riding makes a nice “bed”  for a small to medium-sized dog.

Actual dog beds that you buy at a pet store are expensive and beyond the budget of most pet rescue organizations.  It sure felt good when “Bernard” a rescued beagle available for adoption at PAWS4YOU came out to accept our donated saddle pads.  We also had the extra satisfaction of knowing we made a difference on November 13th, World Kindness Day!!!

Bernard the rescued beagle dog and a volunteer sit beside bag of donated horse saddle pads for shelter dogs. The totebag of pads is navy blue with a handle, and it reads "Eco-Hero," with an arrow pointing up toward the person holding the tote (the volunteer). She is holding the green leash of the rescued dog, and she is squatting down and smiling at the camera. They are in the grass. There are cars in the background.

 

Our hats are forever tipped to the many volunteers at PAWS4YOU, and all they do to help shelter and adopt homeless and abused pets in Miami, Florida.

So, the next time you find old towels, blankets, (or, if you ride horses, a saddle pad or three) in your house (or barn), don’t throw them away.  Wash them and find a local animal shelter in your community.  Make a difference and donate them to help the animals! #horse #saddlepads #animalrescue

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Seabirds Eating Plastic At Alarming Rate

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National Academy of Sciences Report

The National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has released a disturbing study detailing the threat of plastic pollution in the ocean, and its impact on seabirds.  Plastic trash is found in 90 percent of seabirds. The rate is growing steadily as global production of plastics increases.

According to the Academy, the “Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing.”

seabird surrounded by plastic and trash in yacht charter destination

 

AREAS OF IMPACT

The areas of impact facing the greatest threats are the southern boundary of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans.

 

WHAT PLASTIC IS FOUND IN BIRDS?

Plastic found inside birds includes bottle caps, plastic shopping bags, and tiny pieces the size of rice that have been broken down by the sun and waves.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

After reading the study’s abstract, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters commented on the health impact facing the seabirds.  “Living along the coast of South Florida, I have seen the small plastic pieces of plastic that wash up into our mangroves and our shoreline,” says Sheeder.  “The wildlife rescue groups that we support tell us sharp-edged plastic pieces can kills birds by punching holes in their internal organs. Some seabirds eat so much plastic, there is little room in their stomachs for food.  Lack of food affects their body weight and jeopardizes their health.”

 

WHAT DOES 2050 LOOK LIKE FOR SEABIRDS?

Sheeder echoes the concerns of scientists and environmentalists:  “At current levels, virtually every seabird will be consuming plastic by 2050.  If we don’t address this issue, we are looking at a major contributing factor to the possible extinction of many seabird species. We can’t let that happen.”  

 

YACHTING INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT

Sheeder feels her yachting industry can do more in terms of effective waste management to reduce the threat.  “Almost all of the yachts we represent for private yacht charter vacations have the onboard capability to generate fresh drinking water. Now, when our clients request plastic bottled water to be placed onboard prior to their charter, we encourage them to forgo plastic and drink the yacht’s purified water.”

 

SWAPPED WATER BOTTLES BY 1-800 YACHT CHARTERS

In lieu of plastic water bottles, Sheeder even offers her clients complimentary reusable beverage containers.

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters poses with garbage bag during bay cleanup

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, cleaning plastic and debris from coastline near her home in South Florida

 

SHEEDER COMMENTS

Sheeder is confident the tide can be turned. “The report by the National Academy of Sciences paints a grim future.  Consequently, it also points out that effective waste management can reduce the threat.  Protecting our future means preserving the marine environment and promoting responsibility onboard our yachts, in the seas, and along our shores.”

 

SHEEDER CONTINUES

Sheeder further comments, “Everyone can do something.  Even just one thing every day.  It’s not hard to take that extra moment to help another. Many prefer to stick their heads in the sand rather than being role models and making a difference.”

 

 

 

 

SHEEDER ENCOURAGES OTHERS

She encourages others to be the change and leave all areas better than you found them. Additionally, pick up trash. Properly dispose of your own trash.  Moreover, give back to the environment, to animals, and to others.  Subsequently, practice random acts of kindness (RAK’s) to people, animals, your community, and the environment.  Finally, show your #Gratitude for the beauty of the wildlife and joy that they give you by protecting them. Use reusable totebags (versus plastic shopping bags) and be a 1-800 Yacht Charters Eco Hero!

 

CALL FOR ECO-HEROES

Calling all eco heroes!   Comment on this post and include your email address.  Expect contact from us.  We immediately send your own customized totebag.  Be  an #eco-hero with us!

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Thank You For Your Generosity

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NATIONAL HOLIDAY

Today, September 15, 2016 is National Thank You Day.  It strikes us that something so ubiquitous creates the perfect opportunity to reach out to you, our clients and friends, and express our appreciation.

Fountain pen with writing of words, Thank you

Your continued patronage and confidence in our services is deeply appreciated.

 

We remind ourselves everyday how blessed we are to Deliver the Superyacht Experience to you and your families.

 

 

 

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Over the years, we witness your good works.  You are driven by sustainability and the greater social good.  Your chartered yacht is a platform to an eco-friendly adventure.  In addition, it is a chance to reconnect with your family and friends.  Additionally, you embrace diverse cultures and will rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.

 

KINDNESS

Most importantly, we are humbled by your kindness.  You have fully embraced our mission to build our business for generosity.  As we have made donations to charities around the world in your name, we  never expected so many of you to further participate and add, and in many cases match, our donations with additional donations of your own.

 

YOU ARE THE BACKBONE

You are the backbone of the 1-800 Yacht Charter community. Your support helps us flourish, and in return, we have been able to touch the lives of so many people and animals in need –  from helping school children’s charities in remote villages, to installing buoys to protect coral reefs and marine life.

 

Little girl smiling at camera - seated at table for meal at school

 

OUR VISION

Our vision statement is, and remains simple:  Charter a Yacht And Change the World.  Thank you for never letting us lose sight of that dream…

As we end each of our email messages, we’ll close this blog with our standard valediction,

“With Appreciation…”

 

 

Thanks to WFP and photo of little girl in Bolivia by Boris Heger

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND CHARTER WITH US

In conclusion, find out how much better a yacht charter company can be!  We prove ourselves to clients.  For instance, we have 35+ years’ expertise, passion for yachting, and compelling sense of purpose to work for you.  Come enjoy The Superyacht Experience™ as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can deliver.  Moreover, you deserve pampering and relaxation. Book a yacht charter with 1-800 Yacht Charters today at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Yacht Designer Launches Child Cancer Fund

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Photograph of yacht designer, Ed Dubois, and his wife and daughter

ED DUBOIS

People associate the name, Ed Dubois with luxury mega yacht charter vessels. This month, Dubois, one of the world’s leading yacht designers, launched his greatest project to date. He created a cancer fund for children.
 

DCCF

The Dubois Child Cancer Fund (DCCF) is created in conjunction with the charity, Sparks.  European sports superstars created Sparks to fund medical research into childhood diseases.

DUBOIS YACHTS

We first profiled Dubois in May when a handful of the designers yachts swept the World Superyacht Awards.   Some of the world’s largest yachts, specifically luxury sailing charter vessels like TWIZZLEKOKOMO, and  RED DRAGON.  These yachts trace their pedigree to the studio of Dubois Naval Architects Ltd.

Dubois Child Cancer Fund DCCF logo


DCCF GOAL

The aim of the DCCF is to increase the survival rate for infants and young children with neuroblastoma.  Researchers are optimistic this goal can be reached. They cite as proof the survival rate for childhood leukemia. It has increased over the last twenty years from 10% to 90%.  Specifically due to increased funding.  For Ed and his wife, Honor, the mission to find a cure for childhood cancer hits home. 
Most people who organize charitable donations have a good reason to do so,” explains Ed Dubois.  “In our case, our second daughter, Minna, was diagnosed with the rare form of childhood cancer – neuroblastoma – in July 2005. Her chances of survival, statistically, were about 40%.
 

MINNA DUBOIS, SURVIVOR

Six years after her initial diagnosis, doctors report Minna is doing well, as her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments have been effective.
Photograph of a little girl on a white horse. The horse is jumping over a multicolored banner

 

 

SPARKS

All funds raised go directly to Sparks. They will fund specific projects in the area of childhood cancer research. This was agreed upon by Ed and Honor Dubois.

DONATIONS REQUESTED FOR CHARITY

Make your donation:

To pledge a donation and for further information about the Dubois Child Cancer Fund (DCCF), please contact us HERE.  We will direct you to the proper people. Thank you for #makingadifference with us.

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