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.