Windstar’s Wind Surf recently returned to Barbuda, devastated in 2017 by Hurricane Irma, where president, John Delaney, hand-delivered $5,320 to Trevor Walker, M.P. and chairman of Education for the Barbuda Council and local school officials.
The monies were raised onboard the ship during its seven-day cruise out of St. Maarten to help raise awareness and call out for public support to help the school children, teachers and educational system on Barbuda. Windstar matched the auction bid and guest donations.
A highlight of the cruise was special onboard guest and renowned artist Marc Lipp, whose vibrant pop art echoes the colours and character of the Caribbean. Guests embraced the opportunity to engage with and learn from the artist and bid during a lively auction on one of his works of art, a painting of Audrey Hepburn. All proceeds from the auction and a grant from Windstar went directly to The New Holy Trinity Primary School in Barbuda.
“It is humbling and admirable that our guests rose to the occasion to give back to the people of this small but significant Caribbean island,” said Delaney. “While our ships are small and Barbuda is a little island, people working together to contribute to the success of culture is of big importance.”
Windstar is the only cruise line to regularly call on Barbuda.
Pictured (l-r) Kendra Beazer, chairman of Agriculture, Asha Frank, chairwoman of Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Walker and Delaney.