The owners of Hodges Bay Resort & Spa have played a major role in facilitating response to the disaster in St Vincent and the Grenadines, which has been rocked by a series of volcanic eruptions since April 9.
Yesterday, the resort offered the services of its private plane to Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) to transport water and other critical supplies to the residents of the neighbouring Caribbean country.
“Working alongside the team members of GEM, it was heartbreaking to see the desperation of those forced to evacuate the red and orange zones,” Hodges Bay co-owner Christopher Harding said.
“Most of the water systems in St Vincent rely upon gravity-fed water systems running down from the mountains and of course with the incredible amount of volcanic ash falling, they had to be turned off.
“Sadly, most of the world is unaware of the dire circumstances St Vincent is facing but it was important for Hodges Bay and the island of Antigua to help their fellow islanders,” he said.
GEM founder, Michael Capponi, said, “We’re so grateful for the support of Hodges Bay. They have really stepped up and helped their island neighbours of St Vincent. From supporting logistics, flights, team support and funding, we were able to do so much more than we could have if we didn’t have the support of Hodges Bay.”