Click to join an upcoming live event

Turn off Ads (click)

Click on your language to translate this article:

Afrikaans Afrikaans Albanian Albanian Amharic Amharic Arabic Arabic Armenian Armenian Azerbaijani Azerbaijani Basque Basque Belarusian Belarusian Bengali Bengali Bosnian Bosnian Bulgarian Bulgarian Catalan Catalan Cebuano Cebuano Chichewa Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Corsican Croatian Croatian Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch English English Esperanto Esperanto Estonian Estonian Filipino Filipino Finnish Finnish French French Frisian Frisian Galician Galician Georgian Georgian German German Greek Greek Gujarati Gujarati Haitian Creole Haitian Creole Hausa Hausa Hawaiian Hawaiian Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Hmong Hmong Hungarian Hungarian Icelandic Icelandic Igbo Igbo Indonesian Indonesian Irish Irish Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Javanese Javanese Kannada Kannada Kazakh Kazakh Khmer Khmer Korean Korean Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kyrgyz Kyrgyz Lao Lao Latin Latin Latvian Latvian Lithuanian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Luxembourgish Macedonian Macedonian Malagasy Malagasy Malay Malay Malayalam Malayalam Maltese Maltese Maori Maori Marathi Marathi Mongolian Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Nepali Norwegian Norwegian Pashto Pashto Persian Persian Polish Polish Portuguese Portuguese Punjabi Punjabi Romanian Romanian Russian Russian Samoan Samoan Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Serbian Serbian Sesotho Sesotho Shona Shona Sindhi Sindhi Sinhala Sinhala Slovak Slovak Slovenian Slovenian Somali Somali Spanish Spanish Sudanese Sudanese Swahili Swahili Swedish Swedish Tajik Tajik Tamil Tamil Telugu Telugu Thai Thai Turkish Turkish Ukrainian Ukrainian Urdu Urdu Uzbek Uzbek Vietnamese Vietnamese Welsh Welsh Xhosa Xhosa Yiddish Yiddish Yoruba Yoruba Zulu Zulu
Breaking Travel News Business Travel News Dominica travel news International Visitor News Norway travel news People in Travel & Tourism Tourism News Transportation News Travel Associations News Travel Destination Travel News Travel Safety & Emergencies

Norwegian sailors unlikely Christmas elves for Dominica in wake of Hurricane Maria

0a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a1a-3

A group of Norwegian sailors have run a donation campaign raising nearly US$5000 to support the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small-island nation hit by the category five Hurricane Maria on the 18 September.

The sailors from Oslo invited other sailing enthusiasts to an evening of Caribbean entertainment and talks, with topics ranging from sailing in the Caribbean, tropical hurricanes and the effects of climate change.

The United Nations estimated that of the 26,085 houses on the island, an estimated 23,488 houses are moderately or highly damaged, or destroyed.

Practised sailor Tuva Løkse spoke of her experiences sailing the Caribbean sea and her urge to give back to Dominica:

“A number of Norwegian sailors have over the years enjoyed sailing in the Caribbean sea, visiting many of the wonderful windward islands.

“Some of us especially fell in love with the beautiful nature island of Dominica.

“We wanted to give something back to the warm and hospitable people of Dominica in their efforts to rebuild the Island after Hurricane Maria.”

The group have transferred £3676 GBP to the Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund – the Commonwealth of Dominica’s official fundraising channel established by Dominica’s High Commission in the United Kingdom.

Løkse says she is determined to keep the fundraising efforts going:

“We hope to inspire other sailing communities in Scandinavia to do the same. And we hope to visit again sometime in the future.”

On a recent visit to survey of the island HRH Prince Charles said the damage “looked like Armageddon had struck.”
The Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, who was among those left homeless following the natural disaster, has pledged to rebuild the country into the world’s first climate resilient nation.