Girlguiding Hurricane Irma support fund
Hundreds of Girlguiding members across our Branches in the Caribbean have been affected by the devastating Hurricane Irma
Four of Girlguiding’s five branches in the Caribbean were hit by Hurricane Irma, three of them directly. The levels of damage and the loss of life across the islands was unprecedented.
Many members and units of Girlguiding in Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands had their lives turned upside down, in some cases losing everything. As the islands start to recover and the humanitarian relief effort continues, islanders will want to start resuming their normal lives – and this includes returning to Girlguiding.
Our global guiding movement shares values of caring for and helping others and we know that our members care deeply about those affected by crises around the world. By donating to our fund, you’ll be helping affected members take part fully in their unit activities once again - replacing guiding resources, uniforms, publications and equipment.
Rebecca Cook, Girlguiding Branches Adviser, said:
I am horrified and shocked at the level of destruction and loss of life that has been suffered across the Caribbean as a result of Hurricane Irma. I am particularly concerned about the Girlguiding Branch Associations that have been impacted by this terrible hurricane. This fundraising effort will provide some support to help members have unit meetings and the opportunities we all know guiding provides.
How you've helped so far
So far you've donated an incredible £21,000. Thank you to everyone who has supported the fund. Because of you, affected Branches are able to replace damaged equipment, resources, uniforms and publications, helping to kick start their guiding adventures in 2018.
Rebecca Cook, Girlguiding Branches Adviser, told us:
Life is starting to return to some normality. I have been delighted to hear that some British Virgin Islands leaders met together to start talking about starting their units again. I’m sure as the recovery continues and more of the damage is repaired, girls will be keen to get back to guiding activities and having fun together.
And guiding members in the affected areas have these words of thanks:
Thank you for making a difference! Your donation will last a lifetime in the minds of the British Virgin Islands Guide Association members, volunteers and community - Sylvia Forbes, Leader of the 1st Tortola Guides
It is truly amazing to be a part of such an amazing organisation that cares. Girlguiding British Virgin Islands thanks you for making a difference. It is truly a small world after all! - Yvette Martin-Stoutt County Commissioner
How to donate
You can donate easily and cost-effectively on our Hurricane Irma Appeal page on the donate link below.
Whether you are giving as an individual or on behalf of your unit, donating in this way is simple and secure.
Donations will be used to support affected units in the Caribbean Branches to rebuild their units, and ensure girls can continue to access the benefits of guiding.
Any excess funds raised will be placed in the restricted Island Cafe Fund, which will be used to provide opportunities for girls and young women in the Branches and to develop and modernise the Branch Associations for the future.