Julie and Dorie live on the small, remote island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Julie is a recycling champion who just chanelled all her funds into a glass crushing enterprise to rid the island of a lot of its waste. She is also active in the community offering her time in giving free swimming lessons to children and adults alike. Dorie is her 10 year old daughter a sweet and good natured little girl who is kind to one and all. She likes pretty things, animals and is an ace swimmer.
I have had no direct contact with them for five days since Hurricane Irma decimated this small island. I do have confirmation that their small wooden house has been destroyed along with all their possessions. Having just put all available funds into her glass crusher (we do not know if this survived the hurricane) Julie and Dorie will need immediate funds for basics like clothes, toiletries, medical, water, food and all the other daily necessities that we often take for granted.
Please donate even if it's a few pounds, this will make a huge difference to the lives of these two kind natured and giving people.
The island of Virgin Gorda has received little coverage during the hurricane and has been left isolated, the island currently has no running water, electricity and communication has mainly been via satellite phone. Most aid efforts have been by local supporters abroad so Virgin Gorda is currently at the bottom of the emergency aid list.
Who am I? My name is Heidi Stevens and I live in North Yorkshire, UK and am originally from Manchester. I used to live on Virgin Gorda my son is a Virgin Islander and it was our home for ten years. The people of the island made us part of the fabric with their love and welcoming attitude. Julie has been one of my closest friends for more than ten years and boy is she one dynamic woman. My son Remy is the same age as Dorie. From the moment they met as little toddlers they were stuck to each other and even though we live across the Atlantic now when they meet there is that same special bond between them.
Many thanks, One Love BVI!
I have been asked by GoFundMe to state who else is assisting with funds transfer and what the funds will be used for. I think this is a good thing and as they have stated increases transparency since you have all donated so generously.
I have asked Caroline Blake to withdraw funds as needed by Julie and transfer them to Julie's Paypal account which was set up by Julie's sister Jamie. Caroline knows Julie and worked on sailing charters for many years so has strong connections to the BVI. She now lives in London with her family.
I have spoken to Julie on her satellite phone and this is her wish. She will use the funds to buy necessities and equipment in the US which will be placed in her shipping container and sent to the British Virgin Islands. As most of you know the island of Virgin Gorda was decimated so there is a need to import from abroad. Even before the hurricane it took time and money to import even spare parts for your car for example (I know! The amount of weeks I waited for brake hardware for my jeep once!).
For now Julie only has communication via her satellite phone but once the electricity is back on the island I can get more detailed information on what she is doing. In the meantime most of you have her Facebook page. If anyone has any questions please contact me, I am on Facebook under HeidiRemy or inbox Julie on Facebook.
I hope this is enough information.
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