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Cruisers band together to provide assistance to Galapagos islands

by Andrew Glasspool 20 Apr 05:44 UTC
Cruisers band together to provide assistance to Galapagos Islands © Andrew Glasspool

"No one saves himself all alone. All in communion we can save ourselves. If you are here perhaps it's for a reason. Join us and support us." - Gabriela Guaycha, Vice Mayor of Santa Cruz Island.

Here in the Galapagos despite the lockdown and early curfew we have been treated exceptionally well by the community and the authorities, as I am sure is the case in many other locations where yachts are stranded in self-isolation. The question we may all be asking is how to give something back to the community. For us, the choice became easy, when news of a radio fundraising marathon reached us.

With the help of our agent, we were able to enlist the support of the deputy mayor, who prepared a special appeal in English so that we could understand a little better what the community needs were. Perhaps this was not necessary but together with a clear fundraising target, a near term deadline, a tiny bit of organisation and use of the local WhatsApp group, we have been able to raise $1200 from the few boats that are currently maintaining self-isolation in the Galapagos. (Ed: The appeal was for funds to purchase medical supplies for fighting Covid-19 as is seen in the short video.)

The deputy mayor in Santa Cruz and a deputy in San Chrisobal came directly to each boat to accept the donations and thank us personally. For me, their self-evident gratitude has made this a day to remember. A huge thank you to the cruising community here in the Galapagos, I hope this might inspire others to do the same.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of Ocean Cruising Club.

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