The Tristan da Cunha Association has launched an Emergency Fund aiming to raise £25,000 in donations towards the restoration of the island following the damaging storm of July 2019.

Emergency Fund Appeal, including JustGiving

Background

Tristan da Cunha experienced a hurricane force storm on the night of the 18th/19th July 2019 which caused extensive damage in the settlement and elsewhere. The fishing factory that underpins Tristan's economy, and key government buildings were devastated, as were the school, the crèche, and the Post Office and Tourism Centre (which holds the island's museum and archives). Thankfully, there was minimal damage to private homes and no one was injured.

The Emergency Fund

The UK Government and the factory owners, Ovenstones, are organising and funding emergency repairs, but more resources will be required for the longer term recovery. The Tristan da Cunha Association has therefore launched an Emergency Fund to support the restoration.

Target: GB£25,000

The money raised is being used for relief purposes in response to requests from the island or chosen in close consultation with our island colleagues.

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Roof of St Mary's School damaged by the storm of July 2019

The roof of St Mary's School. Just one of the buldings badly damaged by the storm of July 2019

See our Storm of July 2019 page for the full story and emerging news.

October 2019 Update

When we first set up the fund, the detailed needs of the island were still being assessed, and we set a high initial target. Thankfully, the UK Government has provided funding for most essential repairs and restoration, and the need for additional relief has therefore been very much reduced. The Tristan Association has accordingly revised its target for the Emergency Fund down to £25,000, of which we aim to raise £10,000 through JustGiving.

The Emergency Fund made £10,000 available to the School in October 2019 to help it get back to normal. We anticipate providing more funds to help buy books, equipment and supplies for the school, and to help with the restoration of the museum and archives, which are vital repositories of Tristan's heritage. These aims may change as needs are better identified.

Donation Options

Donate online via JustGiving.com

The JustGiving.com page we have set up is probably the easiest way to donate to the Emergency Fund. The web address is:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tristanemergencyfund

Please feel free to share this link on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
Please note that the JustGiving part of this campaign is specifically targeted at help the school and other educational facilities on the island back to normal, under the auspices of the Education Trust Fund. Donations made using any of the options below may also be used for non-educational relief efforts.

Online bank transfer:

Account Name: Tristan da Cunha Association  -  Bank: Barclays  -  Sort Code: 20-81-00  -  Acc No: 70889652
IBAN: GB63 BARC 2081 0070 8896 52  -  SWIFTBIC:n BARCGB22
Please quote 'Emergency Fund' as a reference

Payment by Cheque:

Make cheques payable to 'Tristan da Cunha Association', and write 'Emergency Fund' on the back
Please send to the Association Secretary:
Jim Kerr, 24, Rectory Road, Dickleburgh, Norfolk, IP21 4NW, UK

Tristan Association Members:

People renewing their membership or wishing to join the Association can also make a donation to the Emergency Fund at the same time using the Membership Form.

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