Cyclone Winston Relief Voyage
NAI'A departed Lautoka Tuesday night absolutely stuffed to the gills with food, supplies and building material that was donated by businesses and individuals in Fiji or purchased with cash donations from overseas.
Only when NAI'A returned to port on Saturday -- four days ago -- with photos and stories about the utter devastion on some of the outer islands did the magnitude of this disaster strike home. Alexx and the Pacific Harbour office crew shifted into high gear and put the word out that NAI'A would return to some of the hardest hit islands this week. Aid flowed every way it could: people we don't know donated their time, their money and their stuff to make this relief voyage as helpful as possible. Beginning Wednesday morning in Kubulau the crew will begin unloading supplies for the people who need them most.
To everyone who helped with this gargantuan effort: vinaka vaka levu!
“I'm sure that it's very difficult for the Nai'a establishment to solve this thorny situation. But, be assured that we, your Nai'a family in a small way, are sympathetic. We realize that the reason we love your trips is that you spend what it takes for a quality voyage. That's why we come back. And that's why we plonk down $10K to sail with you. We know it's worth it.”