Hostages raise $100,000 for Bermuda Sloop Foundation
Hostages walked the plank or paid a handsome ransom to avoid it as part of a fundraising effort by the Bermuda Sloop Foundation this afternoon.
More than $100,000 was raised. The lion’s share will go towards the charity’s youth programmes; ten percent of the proceeds will be used to assist 15-year-old crew member Naghe O’Brien, who is currently fighting leukemia.
Hostages appealed to family, friends and colleagues to contribute to the cause. Donors had the option of choosing whether their funds would go towards having the person to walk the plank or be used to pay their ransom and leave the Spirit of Bermuda safely.
Said executive director Denise Riviere: “This has been an awesome fundraiser. The community is having a lot of fun holding the fate of the hostages in their hands. I am always excited by how much our community is willing to support our youth programmes. Our character development programme has touched so many lives that individuals and corporations have been more than willing to donate to our hostages’ cause, even if it is to walk the plank.”
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