The Covid-19 pandemic has been bad for many people. The rapid halt in global tourism has been particularly detrimental for those who rely on it for their livelihoods, and while we’ve felt those impacts here at Auckland Sea Kayaks our worries are nothing compared to those trying to operate in the Pacific Islands and places like Fiji.
As the tap of international tourists dried up, so did 40% of Fiji’s national GDP and 118,000 jobs, and this was before they had their own COVID outbreaks and declared National Emergency.
As of 10th of July Fiji had 9957 cases recorded since the outbreak started in April. Most Fijians have no savings to fall back on. The government has let people access their pension funds however these are also running out – and ruins any hopes of any easy retirement.
The only social security they have received is $50 Fijian dollars per house hold which doesn’t go far – but they also need to spend this at local supermarkets which is contributing to the rise in COVID cases. The situation is dire.
In 2018, Nic sailed around Fiji for a month and fell in love with the community of Navola. Their warmth and hospitality was unprecedented, and he made lifelong friends with those he met. Communication with them has continued and now they’re reporting back with tales of their situations, how they’re struggling to feed their families and fear going to the supermarket due them being pandemic hotspots. According to them it’s like “watching a plane crash in slow motion”.
Auckland Sea Kayaks wants to raise $1500 for food parcels by selling tickets onto the Riverhead Paddle to the Pub Tour. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to locals in Fiji. Our kiwi connection Bruce Climo is based in Navola and will organize and distribute the packages on our behalf – doing our tiny bit to feed a community that fed and nurtured us.
We’d love your support so please join us on this Riverhead Trip. Tickets available for purchase here. Alternatively if you’d just like to donate without going kayaking then please feel free to contact us.
If you would just like to donate then Auckland Sea Kayaks Ltd. Account ASB Bank 12-3025-0468340-50 Reference Fiji relief
Riverhead ‘Paddle to the Pub’
The acclaimed “Paddle to the Pub” kayak trip departs from Herald Island were after a safety briefing our qualified staff, you will make your way up to the Riverhead Historic Tavern. The kayak up is very sheltered, has varied scenery, and is perfect for novice kayakers.
Sunday 1st of August 2021
Starting at 10.30 am finished by 1.00 pm (ready for lunch and drinks at the tavern)
Meet at: Historic Riverhead Tavern and we transport you down to Herald Island to start the kayaking
Price: $85 per person (full amount going to Fiji)
If the weather is not suitable for paddle the event will be postponed until Sunday 15th of August.