As the world faces the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, sailing and cruising boats in the Bahamas are trying to make the most of life under lock-down while aboard their boats in George Town, Exuma. We are Canadians, Americans, and other foreigners, some here because we can't return to their home countries. Others stayed because we are trying to head south before hurricane season. And many are here because our boats are our homes, and we can't imagine a better place to weather the storm.
Since March, restrictions have increased week by week, and in April, boaters could no longer go ashore, even to obtain groceries, fuel, or fresh drinking water.
Volunteers and business owners ashore have found ways to supply these foreign boats with water, food, medicine, fuel, trash disposal, and more. Among the hardest working of these volunteers is Roston McGregor of Valiant Marine Salvage, who has put in long days and much of his own money to obtain a boat, water tanks, fuel cans, and other supplies to serve boaters, since he was not able to retrieve his supplies and equipment from the Abacos since lock-down.
In addition to this investment, it takes Roston more than $250 per week to keep the boat fueled and ready to help boaters, charging only a nominal fee for trash disposal, and until recently offering all other services free-of-charge.
What began as a short-term charitable effort has become a full-time job for Roston, and we believe he deserves recognition and compensation beyond the tips he has received.
Please help us raise money to thank Roston for his past, current, and future support of the boating community in Elizabeth Harbor. These funds will be used to keep his services going, and compensate for his hard work and his time.
If each of the "Last 100 boats" contributes just $30, or each of the 50 boats in the harbor contributes $60, we will easily meet our fundraising goal for Roston!
Please be as generous as you can to help someone who has helped us all so much. Money raised here will be delivered in person to Roston on behalf of the Cruisers of George Town.
Roston is a business owner. Even if you can't donate, please "like" the Valiant Marine Salvage facebook page to show your thanks and support. https://www.facebook.com/valiantmarinesalvage/
For questions about this campaign, please contact us at [email protected]