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!
“NAI’A made a believer out of me! Fiji has been grossly underrated by both divers and scientists. Incredible fishes here and definitely worthy of protection.”
~ Dr. Gerry Allen, Ichthyologist & Author, Conservation International