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How the Yachting Industry is Helping to Alleviate Poverty
A new charity appropriately named Yachting Gives Back was recently launched with the aim of tackling issues such as poverty and hunger in the Balearics. After 27 years of running the Pinmar Golf Tournament, Nick Entwisle retired in early 2019. An avid yachtsman, Entwisle decided to leverage his passion for sailing into a good cause and decided to set up the initiative.
The Yachting Industry Is Surrounded by Luxury – Why Not Give Back?
The Balearics offers excellent summer cruising and several stunning anchorages with top-notch yacht support. Unfortunately, the people of the Balearics struggle with seasonal, low-paid employment, and many find it hard to put food on the table. According to Entwisle, it is easy for those in an industry that makes money from some of the wealthiest people in the world to forget the hardships locals face. Fortunately, however, they are also in a unique position to give something back to the community.
The first project tackled by Yachting Gives Back was to help Asociación Tardor, a soup kitchen in Palma that serves 350 hot meals every day. A highly successful food collection campaign was launched in which yachts and yachting companies around Palma were asked to make donations for the cause.
More Than Just a Seasonal Food-Raising Campaign
Although Yachting Gives Back was originally focused on food, it has since become so much more. Superyachts are donating lightly worn uniforms, towels, bedding, and all kinds of other items. Mallorca Sense Fam, a local food bank, sells some of these in their charity shop and converts the proceeds to food. It did not come as a surprise that these superyacht-quality goods sell fast. Some donors even ask about what is needed and kindly donate goods like sleeping backs, socks, scarves, and gloves to help the hundreds of homeless people on the island through the winter. If you would like to help, contact Yachting Gives Back.