In the devastating wake of Hurricane Dorian, the sport-fishing community is rallying to support the people of the Abacos, many of whom have lost everything. We urge you to help in any way possible. To facilitate those urgent needs, we have compiled a list of resources and contacts that will get aid directly to those who need it the most. These are just a few of dozens of relief efforts currently underway to support the recovery of the northern Bahamas. In the coming weeks, the emphasis will shift from evacuation and cleanup to rebuilding, so please reach out to the following groups for updates on what they need to continue their humanitarian relief efforts.
Cody Holcomb has formed Abaco Relief Alliance on Facebook. They have a list of needed supplies on their page so please contact them directly for updates.
Fishing Community Strong is another Facebook group, which is organized by Richard Peeples III, Bruce Marx, Scott Baxter and many others. They are funneling donations through the Miami Billfish Tournament, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit charity with a long track record of successful project fundings. The link can be found here.
Note the Payee is [email protected], and they ask to please make your donation as friend to friend if possible. If you prefer to mail a check, make it payable to the Miami Billfish Tournament and mail to 1890 NE 150 St., N. Miami, FL 33181.
Capt. Skipper Gentry is organizing relief efforts in the Bahamas. He has established a GoFundMe page to purchase relief supplies as well as fuel. He also has a Boston Whaler to access areas without docks. All funds go directly to relief efforts and supplies.
D-DEY Response Group in Stuart, Florida, has been providing immediate medical assistance and medical evacuations for injured residents. Donations allow them to continue to support emergency medical care. For more information, visit their website at www.d-dey.com or donate via PayPal here.
The Red Cross has prepositioned volunteers and supplies in the Bahamas. To support their efforts, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. They also ask that people give blood. You can schedule an appointment with the Red Cross Blood Donor app, by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.
Carl and Gigi Allen, the owners of Walker’s Cay, have set up a GoFundMe page to support recovery efforts on nearby Little Grand Cay. The Allens say, “Our sorrow for the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian cannot be overstated. Our thoughts and prayers are with all residents of the Bahamas.” They will do a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution up to $250,000.
Additionally, they ask that no one attempt to dock or land at Walker’s, as there is no dockage and the runway is for government use only.