The Superyacht Industry gives back
This month we caught up with Superyacht Charities. Founded by a team of influential figures in the Superyacht Industry and born out of a desire to generate funds for a whole host of charitable causes, regardless of global location. Bringing with them a wealth of expertise, knowledge and contacts, from executive board member of International Superyacht Society, to yacht builders and key figures in superyacht crew training and development, this ‘dream team’ are doing plenty to make a difference.
Co-founder, Vanessa Hodgson explained “most of the funding we raise comes from kind donations, in support of our many events, we’ve done all sorts, from a sponsored 24 hours in a life raft, a bike ride and of course our Pre-Med Ball, which has become so popular and successful that we’ve made it an annual event (see our Charity Ball page)” This year attended by over 520 industry related colleagues who helped to raise almost £73,000, a staggering amount!
Every penny Superyacht Charities raise goes to worthy causes. Recently donating two cheques written out for £24,333. One presented to Sail 4 Cancer, funding day trips and short-breaks for British families affected by cancer, and the other for Turn to Starboard who support serving and retired Armed Forces personnel, physically or mentally injured during military ops. Sailing gives them the chance to mirror the ethos of Armed Forces life, collaborating in a team, stretching themselves through adventure training and tapping into their leadership skills.
But it’s not just yachting related charities they’re supporting, they’ve also supported many other worthy causes, including Beyond The Streets who are working tirelessly to end sexual exploitation, as well as the Caribbean Hurricane Recovery programme.
This year’s 5th Annual Superyacht Charities Ball will be held on March 23rd 2019 at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, a new venue to accommodate an even larger guest list from the Superyacht industry.
Got an idea for an event or a charity you think they should be supporting, just get in touch, they’d love to hear from you!