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The Delphi Club Abaco Relief Fund

$163,760 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 315 people in 18 days
Created 2 September 2019
On September 1st the Abaco Islands were hit by the catastrophic category 5 hurricane Dorian. While we were very fortunate at Delphi to have been far enough south of the eye of the storm to escape any real damage, many of our staff live in Marsh Harbour and they have experienced significant damage or total loss of their homes from both the winds and flooding. While our first priority is to help our staff and guides we also want to contribute to other local relief efforts too. Our goal is to raise $100,000 (or more) to help them rebuild their lives. This fund raiser is run by the partners / owners of the Delphi Club. 41734164_1567438789814013_r.jpeg
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As of now, we expect to open in mid-November, although this is not yet definitive. Power needs to be restored and BPL has estimated another 2 to 3 weeks for South Abaco, where we are located. We also need to re-establish regular food and fuel supplies and we are making progress in organizing these.

Thanks to the huge generosity of those who have donated to the Delphi GoFundMe (now with almost $200k in total donations) we have rented 3 houses in Crossing Rocks to house those staff who lost everything in Marsh Harbour – they will move into those in mid-October (they are currently staying at the club and were thankfully all there before Dorian). We have also already delivered 2 aircraft loads of food and clothing and personal hygiene supplies to the club purchased by the fund, and yesterday a boat from FL finally arrived in Cherokee bringing 10 badly needed generators (also bought by the fund) and some fuel to Robin and his team there.

Peter Mantle sent out the below excellent recap today to his previous Delphi partners and friends which I cut and paste here for more information too

Best regards

Robert

Dear All,

A FURTHER UPDATE

First, a very big thank-you to all those who have donated to the Delphi Club appeal. The appeal has so far raised over $145,000, with additional pledges that bring the fund total to over $200,000 - a large sum in the context of a small scale business like the Club, but a pittance relative to the enormous cost of the devastation wreaked on Abaco by Hurricane Dorian.

As you may have seen from the Club’s newsletters and Facebook page, the funds are now being dispersed directly to those in need. The Club has already brought in two airlifts of aid from the US, including a wide range of basic essentials and a raft of portable generators, the latter to help those whose homes have survived largely intact but who have no power and no early prospect of it being restored.

The Club is also negotiating to rent homes in Sandy Point to house those members of staff who lost everything in Marsh Harbour and who are currently being housed at the Club itself. Head guide Donnie Lowe, whose house at Cherokee was badly damaged and flooded, is now in Eleuthera with his daughter Dana and hoping to return soon to Cherokee. Robin at Cherokee and the guides and staff from Crossing Rocks were, thankfully, relatively unscathed and remain at home but without power. The island as a whole obviously cannot function properly, with a desperate shortage of normal supplies, services and fuel.

With the search and rescue phase nearing an end (the official body count of 50 is still said to be certain to rise) and with many thousands of Abaconians and Haitian residents having been evacuated to other islands, efforts are now focused on clearing the vast amounts of debris and commencing the process of rebuilding the vital infrastructure.

With thousands of people having been made homeless, the programme of restoration will take many years and the cost is predicted to be run into billions of dollars. Tragically, however, the majority of residents were too poor to afford insurance cover and face a very bleak future.

Max, the Club manager, is now back on the island and overseeing relief works. He was deeply shocked by what he encountered on his return. Almost all familiar landmarks in Marsh Harbour have been completely obliterated. But he and the new management team have been excellent at marshaling resources to help those in the Club's diaspora and beyond.

If you have not already donated to the relief fund, please give serious consideration to doing so. And for those who have, again big thanks.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-delphi-club-abaco-relief-fund

Peter


Robert Ford
General Manager
The Delphi Club at Rolling Harbour
PO Box AB-20006, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Mobile: +1 908 285 0880
Lodge Manager - Max Woolnough: +1-242-577-1698
www.delphi-bahamas.com
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Our relief efforts continue, albeit slowly given the persistent lack of infrastructure on Abaco. We have today successfully delivered our first emergency supplies (clothes, canned foods, OTC pharmaceuticals, hygiene packs, flashlights, etc) and a shipment of 14 portable generators is being delivered to the folks at Cherokee whose houses are still standing, but who remain without power, like the rest of the island.

We are also closing in on a rental property in Sandy point to house some of our staff who are temporarily staying with us at the Lodge. Some of our staff have also been evacuated to Nassau.

While our short term goal is to provide relief supplies for those that need them and get our staff back on their feet, our longer term goal remains to reopen Delphi for our guests and members as soon as possible. In our view, the best way we can help our staff and our fishing guides is to restore their livelihoods and get back to business as usual as best we can. It is still too early to estimate a reopening date but we are hoping that it will be before the end of the year. It all depends on how soon some of the critical Abaco infrastructure can be restored (power and the airport being the 2 biggest).

Meantime we would like to thank everyone again who has donated to the fund. With externally pledged donations (not appearing on here) we have raised over $174,000 already to support our staff during this unprecedented time.
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And today we got the news we were all praying for. Our Sandy Point guide and great friend Perry was safely located in Marsh Harbour by Smithy. And we have a photo to prove it! The whole Delphi community breathed a VERY big sigh of relief after we had had no contact with him at all since the storm hit. Some good news well worth sharing!
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Thank you again to everyone for the extraordinary generosity shown for this fund. With off line pledges we have now raised an astonishing $146k in just 3 days - the sad news is that every time we turn around we hear more stories of tragedy / displaced families (some of our building crew now for example) so I can assure everyone that your money will be VERY well spent and massively appreciated.

Meantime I noticed from one donor who forwarded me his e mail confirmation from GoFundMe that he had given them a TIP which is something they ask for when you donate money to the fund. Just to be VERY clear this TIP does not come to us it goes to GoFundMe and given that they charge us a small % too when we withdraw the funds its totally unwarranted and in my opinion bordering on a scam (that I was not aware of when we started the campaign). So many people (about 5 other Abaco groups that I am following - maybe more) are using GoFundMe right now for their fund raisers too - it's a LOT faster to set up than a charitable trust and time is clearly of the essence here which is why we decided to use it. But if you did tip when you donated to us please go back to them and ask for it to be credited back to your credit card. My friend who brought this to my attention received the below reply just FYI.

Thank you all again for all the amazing support

Best regards

Robert


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