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David and I do not currently ask for donations to fund our cruising kitty via Patreon or other sources from our viewers/readers/followers. It’s amazing how many cruisers we meet who are helping to fund their trip this way, whether it is super successful, like Riley and Elayna, or just buys a few beers or some internet every once and a while. David and I are fortunate that we can afford our comfortable traveling lifestyle. If you’ve ever thought that what we produce is worth something, please consider a donation to one of these funds for the holidays instead:
Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack on S/V Monkey Fist are cruising with the mission of bringing eyeglasses to the Solomon Islands, a remote island nation that is well off the regular cruising path. Their goal for 2018 is to sail from Australia with 10,000 eyeglasses! Their glasses go directly to individuals in the Solomon Islands and enable young students to succeed in school or for adults to find work.
Paul and Frances have been cruising for almost 8 years, and have completed the North Pacific Loop.
Harriet and TL from Hands Across the Sea have developed a program to combat illiteracy in the Eastern Caribbean. Since 2007, they have sent over 247,000 books to schools and libraries in the islands. While we didn’t meet them, we saw their boat in Bermuda and again in Antigua, and more learned about their program online.
Clair & Magoe are originally from our hometown of Houston, and we admired their Leopard 46 in Waterford Harbor for a while. Imagine our surprise to find them in Dominica when we were out cruising! Macario Advantage works on community projects in Dominica, a fairly poor country.
With the destructive hurricane season the Caribbean has seen this year, many cruisers have pitched in to help raise funds to support and rebuild the communities. Tasha (from Turf to Surf) and Brittany (from Windtraveler) attended and promoted the support efforts at the fundraiser in Chicago and the Annapolis Boat Show.
Carolyn Shearlock has been cruising for 10 years and is the go-to maven for all things galley. She’s currently cruising in Florida, and is collecting donations through her website and book to assist in hurricane recovery, especially for feeding and reimbursing volunteers and helping support cruisers who lost their homes.
Our friends Kyle and Shelley have been delivering school supplies to remote villages for three years. We’ve personally seen how loaded down their boat is with pencil pockets and notebooks.
NOTE: Some of these funds are not official charities and donations are not tax-deductible. If this is important to you, please do some additional research before donating. I also have done no research on the legitimacy of these organizations/persons and can not speak to the trustworthiness personally. Again, please do your own research.