By Lucy Chabot Reed
The Klump Family Foundation and the Far From It family have donated $250,000 to the Discovery Land Co. Foundation in support of its Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Abacos.
M/Y Far From It is a 142-foot Richmond, the ex-Richmond Lady and Natita II, and the owner is an avid golfer with many friends on Baker’s Bay.
“The boss told me that this is our backyard — and it’s our playground — so we need to support them,” Capt. Scott Miller of M/Y Far From It. “When he told me how much he gave, I thought that was a really nice gesture.”
The Discovery Land Co. Foundation has created a 501c(3) fund and states on its website that 100% of donations will be “committed to directly assist with the immediate disaster relief needs of Bahamian citizens including Baker’s Bay employees and their families. We are focused on the core safety of the people, their essential needs such as water, food, shelter, medical needs, and the recovery of the community.”
Countless other yacht owners have donated their vessels, crew, fuel and more to help in the relief efforts already. And large donations from boat and yacht owners continue to support organizations, most without fanfare.
But some are making it known, in the hopes of inspiring others.
Allen Exploration, owners of Walker’s Cay at the north end of the Abacos, has announced it will match up to $250,000 raised through its GoFundMe page to help Little Grand Cay, its nearest neighbor. Allen Exploration owns M/Y Gigi, a 164-foot Westport, and the support vessel M/Y Axis, the 182-foot Danen that has already delivered nearly 60 tons of supplies on its first run to Freeport, Grand Bahama, this week.
“Hopefully, these donations will give other boat owners a bit of a nudge to give, too,” Capt. Miller said.
Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.