SUNBIZ

Good Samaritans On Board Cruise Ship

Tourist cruise liner, MS Seabourn Odyssey, docked into the Port of Suva last week, carrying hundreds of good Samaritans. More than 400 guests on board the cruise ship from Switzerland
09 Mar 2016 09:30
Good Samaritans On Board Cruise Ship
Team from cruise liner MS Seabourn Odyssey are pictured with Fiji Red Cross officials. Photo: Jessica Gounder

Tourist cruise liner, MS Seabourn Odyssey, docked into the Port of Suva last week, carrying hundreds of good Samaritans.

More than 400 guests on board the cruise ship from Switzerland Austria and Belgium, staff and crew opened their hearts out to help Fijians affected by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

They got together, collected relief supplies and cash and made the donation to the Fiji Red Cross Society.

The cruise ship was making a round voyage from Los Angeles going around the Pacific – including New Zealand Australia, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, American Samoa, Kiribati and Hawaii.

“When our guests heard about the disastrous cyclone that hit Fiji, some approached us as the company was already putting in a fund to give to Fiji on behalf of Seabourn Cruise Line.”

“Some guests also said they wanted to do something so on board, we started a relief fund that guests could contribute through the on board account to give money. The crew also gave money we also have donated clothes, children’s games, books and food items,” assistant cruise director Annabel Wright said.

“We want to thank everyone in Fiji wherever we have been the people made us feel so welcomed, this is a beautiful country with beautiful people and it has given us so much pleasure being able to help the country,” Ms Wright said.

Seabourn Odyssey captain, David Bathgate felt privileged to have made it to Fiji and being able to see Lautoka, Taveuni and Suva but also felt saddened by the devastation caused by TC Winston.

“We managed to raise over $22,000 USD (FJ $52,676.25), over 500 USD (FJ $1053.53) worth of clothes and about $3000 USD (FJ$6321.15) worth of food items.

“We landing all of that ashore in Suva and we hope it will help with the restoration process and rebuild some of the infrastructure,” Captain Bathgate said.

He added that one of the things that they captured was the friendly nature of the Fijians which they felt was marvelous and heart touching to be greeted with a BULA.

Together with the relief supplies, Captain Bathgate handed a cheque of $25,767.96 USD (FJ$54,294.38) to the president of Fiji Red Cross Society, Kathy Wong.

“It took less than 48 hours for the Sea Bourne Odyssey to reply in terms of cash donations with food, clothes and educational items and for us in Fiji Red Cross for somebody to respond so quick is humbling and we are deeply grateful.”

“I stand here not only representing Red Cross but all those who have been devastated by Cyclone Winston and I feel humbled,” Mrs Wong said.

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: