TC Winston

Fiji Red Cross gets $25k from visiting cruise liner

A cheque of $25,767.96 from the crew and guests aboard cruise-liner “Seabourn Odyssey” was presented to the Fiji Red Cross Society in Suva this morning. In their efforts to assist the relief and rehabilitation works following the TC Winston, the staff of ‘Seabourn Odyssey’ presented food items, clothing and shoes. Captain of the cruise liner […]

Peni Shute

March 1, 2016 3:06 pm

A cheque of $25,767.96 from the crew and guests aboard cruise-liner “Seabourn Odyssey” was presented to the Fiji Red Cross Society in Suva this morning.

In their efforts to assist the relief and rehabilitation works following the TC Winston, the staff of ‘Seabourn Odyssey’ presented food items, clothing and shoes.

Fiji Red Cross President, Cathy Wong, Chef Rayat Adhikary and Captain David Bathgate at the Suva Wharf earlier today. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Fiji Red Cross President, Cathy Wong, Chef Rayat Adhikary and Captain David Bathgate at the Suva Wharf earlier today. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Captain of the cruise liner Cpt. David Bathgate said he loved Fiji and its people.

While we were cruising in the south pacific, we’ve been following the weather very, very carefully and Winston was one of the tropical cyclones, of course it was giving us a great concern, not just because of the cruising area and where we were heading to, but we know about the people of Fiji.

So the very careful route planning was involved in the early days and we were very pleased that Winston managed to dissolve and moved away to South before we scheduled to arrive and we feel very, very privileged to be able to still come to Fiji, we have three port calls with Lautoka first and Taveuni Island and today in Suva.

Captain Bathgate said he felt honoured and privileged to be in Fiji and was delighted to be able to assist and support in any way possible. He said equally they are saddened because of the losses and the devastation that the storm had caused.

'Seabourn Odyssey' Captain, David Bathgate with Fiji Red Cross President, Cathy Wong. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
‘Seabourn Odyssey’ Captain, David Bathgate with Fiji Red Cross President, Cathy Wong. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Before we arrived to Fiji, we were aware the ferocity of the storm and the damage it was causing, our sailors and some guests on board the “Seabourne” cruise line decided to it would be a good idea and necessary to have donations and set up a fund for both financial assistance and also we had a clothes donation on board. So we managed to raise twenty-two thousand dollars, over five hundred clothing items and also around three thousand items of food products to Suva.

Fiji Red Cross Society President, Cathy Wong received the cheque and donations from the cruise liner. She thanked the crew members and guests on behalf of all Fijians.

For us any support of any kind is deeply and humbly appreciated, this was instigated by one of our ex-board members who knew somebody on the cruise liner and when the communications started we left it to the cruise liner what and how they wanted to donate. With the non cash items, that is going to go to replenish our stock that we have, our emergency supplies that we have.

‘Seabourn Odyssey’ Cruise Director with Captain David Bathgate unloading relief supplies today. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
‘Seabourn Odyssey’ Cruise Director with Captain David Bathgate unloading relief supplies today. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Cathy Wong thanked the efforts and initiative taken by the cruise liner and its staff in organizing the donations.

For us, Fiji Red Cross, any support is most welcome at any time, because it goes out to the community. With the non food items we are working with government as I said with DISMAC, all the other items we will deliver them to the other agencies for them like the education stuff will be given to the Ministry of Education, the food items will be given to the people who are responsible for food.

‘Seabourn Odyssey’ Captain Bathgate said that the total amount that has been donated is about $30,000.

The ‘Seabourn Odyssey’ is on a round trip route from Los Angeles to Los Angeles, making stops at ports in the Pacific.

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