Bahamas Relief Update STUART Sailfish Club

Report Date: October 8, 2019

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BAHAMAS RELIEF UPDATE AND FUTURE FUNDRAISING NEEDS

BREAKING NEWS FOR THE Stuart Sailfish Club Foundation AND OUR EFFORTS FOR THE BAHAMAS.

Over the past 2-3 weeks Charles Conigliaro and myself have done lots of research. We have also seen what other amazing relief efforts are being done and weighed out logistics and finances for our efforts with the Sailfish Club Foundation

One of our options came to, when a light bulb went off in my head. At our volunteer appreciation party at the Sailfish Club we were joined by one of our volunteers Mike Basile who volunteered everyday. Mike introduced me to Jayc Charles who was staying with Tim Strube a mutual friend in Stuart. Jayc roof was lost in Marsh Harbor. I learned in short order as well that Jayc was a taxi driver in Marsh and not only had no roof but lost his vehicle and source of income.

That night I addressed our volunteers as to what we were looking into for future plans for the club with funds raised. And when I was talking I mentioned meeting Jayc and said maybe we would replace taxis that were not salvageable in Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay.

For anyone that has been to TREASURE CAY AND MARSH HARBOR we all used a taxi. Airport rides, Maxwells, Hardware store, liquor store, dinner at many great restaurants, late night rides from the local bars. We’ve all had that favorite ride and experience in the land we love. It’s time to HELP OUT for all those memorable rides.

Over the next few days the MARSH HARBOR TAXI PROJECT was developed by Mike, Kesha, Jayc, Charles and myself. Although finances and logistics still need to be worked out we are aggressively and actively pursuing this option to help these families. We have generated an application, with requirements of photos of damage, proof of public work service license, and insurance. There are a couple different types of insurance that can be had in the Bahamas and those that we are going to help don’t have coverage for certain damages incurred. Yes, this is essentially a vetting process but in order to ensure your financial donations go to those in most need we feel this is a process that would be required anywhere in the world that we would try to help.

Now, what I have seen and learned in this process much like Jayc most of the applicants homes have received damages some that are unimaginable. THIS CREATES A BROADER ISSUE FOR RELIEF. NOW IN ADDITION TO FINDING VEHICLES, WE ARE LOOKING FOR A ROOFING COMPANY WILLING TO DONATE TIME TO REPAIR ROOFS ON OUR APPLICANTS HOUSES. ALSO NEEDED WILL BE MOLD REMEDIATION. THESE ARE BIG NEEDS BUT THEY’RE TRUE NEEDS OF THE BAHAMIAN PEOPLE. THIS IS SADLY JUST REALITY.

OUR GOAL IS TO BE ABLE TO HELP A DOZEN FAMILIES WITH VEHICLES THAT ALLOW THEM TO GET BACK TO WORK, TAKE CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, THE FAMILY TO CHURCH, GO GROCERY SHOPPING OR PICKING UP SUPPLIES FROM DISTRIBUTION CENTERS NOT ONLY FOR THEMSELVES BUT THIER NEIGHBORS.

OF COURSE WE WANT TO HELP MORE. BUT, THAT COMES DOWN TO DOLLARS AND CENTS. WE ARE STILL ACTIVELY TAKING MONETARY DONATIONS THROUGH THE STUART SAILFISH CLUB 501c3. ALL DONATIONS CAN RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT.

ANY AND ALL FINANCIAL DONATIONS, ROOFING DONATIONS BY A TEAM OF LABORERS, ARE WELCOME. I HAVE COALS IN THE FIRE WITH CAR DEALERSHIPS AND HOPE TO HAVE NEW AND EXCELLENT NEWS BY NEXT WEEK SOMETIME. THIS IS A MARATHON NOT A SPRINT.
PLEASE JOIN US.

SOME OF OUR APPLICANTS PHOTOS.

 

 

 

 

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