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£10,000 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 280 people in 4 months
My name is Ava Vidal. I work as a comedian and journalist. By now everyone is aware that Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria. 97% of the island's infrastructure was damaged and most of the houses were left without roofs. There have been concerns about the uneven distribution of aid and a lot of people are not able to get the help they need. Dominicans are pleading with the diaspora to come and help them so I am going there to do so. I will leave London on October 24th and head to St. Lucia carrying lighter items such as painkillers, herbs and spices and sanitary products. From there I shall load up as much as I can and take it into Dominica. I have arranged to leave my young daughter with family members, then I shall go back to St Lucia and also Guadeloupe with a specific list of what people need. If I raise enough money I can do 8 trips for the duration of my stay. The help I give will be given to anyone. There will be no personal, political or familial preference given to anyone.

I shall also visit the families of those that are in the UK that are unable to make the trip. I shall take pictures and videos for you. I will also check on property if I have time but checking on people is the main priority.

If you can't donate money, and want to donate light items for me to take on my journey that would be appreciated. If you have any old phones that I could take over that would be very helpful as a lot of people's phones got water damaged.

My ticket is bought and paid for. You will NOT be funding my trip. Every penny will go directly to the people of Dominica. If I raise more than the fundraising target, I will be able to have someone accompany me on the boat trips to allow me to carry more items.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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We did it!! Please, please DO NOT donate anymore funds. I am beyond grateful. This made such a difference to so many people.

Love and solidarity,

Ava
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Last day of this campaign today. Just £200 left to raise. Thanks to ALL who’ve donated and to those that have shared details of this fundraiser. I come home next week to carry on with this work. I have been invited into UK Parliament to discuss my findings and how I think we can best move forward. Heads of Caribbean states will be present as well as invited members of the diaspora and leading UK politicians. After that I will sleep for an entire week!!

Please donate and share one last time so I hit my final target. Thanks again!
Dominica
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This has been a long and often difficult journey. Thanks to all that have supported and encouraged me along the way. I’ve been invited into UK Parliament to discuss what I have seen here in Dominica, and what I believe we need to do moving forward, so I hope that I can make a real difference.

These are the final days of the fundraiser. I won’t be accepting donations after Saturday 25th November. Please help me get as close to the target as possible. I still have items I need to distribute.

Thanks all!
Ava
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I have only £1000 of my final target left to raise. This campaign closes next weekend. Thanks to all that donated and shared. If you can do so again then please do. So, so grateful for all your help and I will be doing a lot of writing about all that I have seen when I return and have stable communication.
Typical damage seen on thousands of properties in Dominica.
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