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Girls of Yachting 2007 Calender available now!

If you would like to buy a calendar and support this cause to help Jody Hill, they cost Euros 20 (£14) or Euros 25 (£17) by post. You can buy them by making £ cheques payable to Alex Howard and Euros cheques payable to Eli Plenier. Send your order and cheque to Alex Howard, c/o Plenier, 24, Rue des Casemates, 06600 Antibes, France. Further details are available from Alex at 100 per cent of all money raised goes to Jody. Alex says please feel free to send more money than the advertised price!


Jody tells us what's going on.......


Maltese Falcon Fundraiser

Today I met Captain Chris Gartner aboard the stunning Maltese Falcon  (M.F.) to discuss the Dock Party Fundraiser they held recently for Jody. 

The M. F. was due to leave Falmouth Harbour, Antigua and weren’t scheduled to return until November 2007.   The crew wanted a dock party and organised one at short notice on 27th March 2007.  An hour before the party was due to start Second Officer Timmy Attard decided he wanted to make the party a fundraising event for Jody. Timmy is good friends with Arvid who was travelling in the car with Jody at the time of the accident.

The news spread around the harbour like wildfire and within an hour around 200 people ascended upon the dock beside the M.F.   The party revellers indulged in drinks and food from the BBQ all kindly provided by the M.F.  The crew and guests partied hard to the sounds of DJ Van of Cay Electronics who kindly donated his time for the party and then the serious fundraising began.

The M.F. decided to auction the services of their professional onboard masseur and offered the winning bidder an hour’s massage aboard the yacht together with a tour and complimentary champagne.  The winner bid was $1000 US pledged by Alex who has a yacht moored in the harbour as a gift to her husband. Chris tells me he was amazed by the pure generosity but that was only the beginning.

Chris and Timmy and the rest of the crew wanted to raise more so they started selling M.F. T-shirts.  People were also buying the ‘Yachting Girls of 2007’ calendar and many people just wanted to give and they did so generously.  Before they knew it they had raised around $4800 US for Jody – a staggering amount.  The partying didn’t stop there and many of the guests and crew descended upon a nearby bar to enjoy a local band.

The following day Butchy flew out to visit his good friend Jody in Houston, Texas and personally delivered the money.

Falmouth Harbour said goodbye to the M.F. who wasn’t scheduled to return until November although she surprised the locals with a brief return visit.

Many thanks to Chris, Timmy, the rest of the crew and everyone who attended and donated their time and money. It was a memorable evening and a spectacular fundraising event.  I know Jody is very grateful!

Timmy says they are hoping to hold a similar fundraising event in Europe in the summer and he will keep us informed.

Thanks again guys for all you've done!

 Charlotte Cayless – 17/4/07


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