Following up on last year's philanthropic effort, the crew of M/Y Slipstream is once again planning to transport charitable donations from Palma to Barbuda, one of a number of Caribbean islands that is still trying to recover from last year’s devastating hurricane. With a list of essentials provided by ECOMER, Slipstream hopes to collect from yacht crew and companies in Palma before its departure at the end of November.

“We always planned to follow up on what we did last year rather than make it just a one-off mission,” explains Captain Steve Osborne, rotational captain on M/Y Slipstream. “Transporting across materials to help in the rebuilding process is an easy and simple gesture. I do hope more yachts that go across to the Caribbean – or anywhere else in the world that could do with assistance to help improve their situation – will get involved. We would never take any credit for what we are doing, it’s just logical and fairly easy to do – any sort of charitable work is.” 

Slipstream departs from STP Shipyard in Palma on 26 November and is hoping to encourage as many people to donate the essential items needed before then. The list includes: LuminAid solar-powered mobile phone chargers/lanterns; hand-crank solar flashlight/radios; hand tools; citronella candles and mosquito repellent; hand pump-type water fillers; timber and plywood and fastenings; solar panels; profiled roofing sheets and fastenings; PVC piping (electrical conduits and plumbing with fittings); eaves troughs and downspouts; water purification kits; cots and solar lanterns.

Anyone who plans to bring items must make an inventory of the donations and email it to Captain Steve Osborne. This will be very helpful in compiling a detailed customs manifest for their arrival in Antigua, and onward journey to Barbuda.


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