Cruise Planners fundraising efforts with Food For the Poor completes humanitarian mission by installing 150 solar powered lights in the Bahamas
Cruise Planners is proud to announce that their fundraising efforts following Hurricane Dorian in 2019 were used towards the completion of a humanitarian program to install solar lights in the Bahamas.
The project took close to 3 years to complete and resulted in 150 solar powered lights installed in communities to ensure safety when disaster struck.
“The Bahamas are such an important destination in the cruising world and knowing we helped make a difference to enhance lives of the islanders warms our heart,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners. “Our Home Office Team and network of agents are always ready and willing to help, and we are grateful to be of service to our community through our CP Cares program.”
In 2019, CP Cares, the philanthropic arm of Cruise Planners, had the opportunity to collect donations of non-perishable items for the organization Food For the Poor (FFTP), resulting in 2,201 pounds in donations for hurricane relief to the Bahamas. In addition, a donation page was created for agents to donate funds. Thereafter, during convention, Cruise Planners presented FFTP Director of Church Partnerships Kevin Mayne with a check for $15,000 USD to be used for a solar lighting project for the Bahamas in collaboration with the Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority.
Today, the project has officially been completed and it is wonderful to see how CP has helped make a difference for our friends in the Bahamas.
With the monetary donation, Food for the Poor helped to install and deliver over 150 solar powered streetlights to those living in Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Wallace D. Saunders, a resident from Water Cay said, “Prior to the installation, the Cay had no lighting after the passing of Hurricane Dorian. The lights have allowed the residents who frequent the Cay to have a sense of security as they can now move around freely and no longer need the use of a flashlight to guide them.”
Rachel Rolle, a nurse living on the island said, “The lights are working well in the community, and they are needed especially during power outages, which we have quite frequently.”
Giving back is a part of Cruise Planners culture and to date, the organization has raised over $2 million to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and will be raising funds for the Fisher House to help veterans and their families this November at their annual convention.