Help TMM Tortola staff rebuild their lives and homes

For: TMM Tortola Staff
Tortola, Virgin Islands, British
Organizer: Graeme McEvoy
Help TMM Tortola staff rebuild their lives and homes (TMM Tortola Staff)
of $100,000 goal
71% Complete
Raised by 257 donors

The Story

September 6 2017 was the day that Hurricane Irma significantly changed the lives of residents of the BVI.  The people of the BVI, same as all the people in the Leeward Islands chain, are well used to the normal passage of Atlantic storms at this time of year.  But Irma was massive, and they were unable to protect themselves from such an excessively vicious onslaught of 200 mph winds.  Nothing in the path of Irma escaped unscathed. The damage that has been left behind is unprecedented.

The sailing charter company TMM has been doing business in the BVI, contributing to the community, for over 3 decades.  The team at TMM have been a significant force in the development of the tourism industry in the BVI, with the owners being founder members of the Search and Rescue organization (VISAR) and local business forums. 

Additionally, TMM employs 20+ people in the islands, most of whom have lost their homes in this storm and, with the devastation of the tourist industry, have lost their livelihoods as well.  

Many of these employees have been responsible for giving visitors to the BVI the experience of a lifetime for most of those 30 years.  Many of you, TMM’s boat owners, customers and friends are asking how you can help give something back to the TMM team in this time of need.  This is how we think we can have an impact.  

We, some of TMMs boat owners, are asking those of you that have enjoyed your experiences with TMM, and are hoping to enjoy a revival in the islands after this devastation, to consider contributing to this cause to help the staff of TMM rebuild their homes, and their lives.  We have enjoyed paradise for years on the back of their efforts.  Lets show our appreciation now and help them get some semblance of normal life back.

This fund will not meet US or other nation tax deduction requirements, as the time taken to establish that is inconsistent with the needs that exist now.  However 100% of what you donate (less a couple of % that is kept by the card payment processor) will go to helping the TMM staff recover their lives.  Any excess funds will go to the disaster relief fundraising effort at VISAR.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 29, 2017

Posted on September 29, 2017

Here is an update on what we are doing with the money that has been so generously donated!

We have thought hard about how to have a positive impact on the lives of the staff members in Tortola, and we have taken advice from the base managers on the ground, and from Barney and Lin as well. 

Of the 50k or so already raised we have allocated approximately 10k to the purchase of a collection of gasoline powered generators. These will be shipped to Tortola in a few weeks onboard a TMM fleet vessel that’ll be heading there after the Annapolis Show.  On arrival they will be available to members of the team who need them most. Additionally we have been able to fund 20k worth of cash payments to members of the team on island to help them with immediate repair needs and emergency aid that they can access themselves through the store network locally. We decided this was the most efficient way of having a fast impact now that stores are getting filled and supplies are getting through.

We have a further 20k approximately for further action as needed, and we will stay close to the TMM team to be as responsive as we can.

In as much as you can see your way to making any further donations to the fund it would be much appreciated; if not thats perfectly fine, and thank you for all you have done thus far! We have been able to have an immediate impact as you can see. However, this recovery will be long and arduous and long term help would undoubtedly make it more bearable.

Posted on September 22, 2017

Posted on September 22, 2017

Good progress on fund raising.  Now that Maria is past we are looking to start getting the aid down to Tortola to have an impact on the team.  Watch this space!

Posted on September 19, 2017


Posted on September 19, 2017

TMM is locked down and braced for Maria tonight into tomorrow.  Hoping for a pass some way to the south.  Fingers crossed... 

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