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Photo of thanks unveiled at Cammell Laird for Haiti earthquake effort

posted on June 3, 2010 categories In The Community

A FRAMED photograph of thanks has been unveiled at Cammell Laird after the shipping giant sponsored a crew’s charity challenge as they sailed to Haiti on a vital aid mission.

The Birkenhead-based shipyard and engineering firm sponsored the crew of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Largs Bay in their fundraising initiative ‘Race the Ship to Haiti’, while en route to deliver emergency food aid and supplies.

On the outward journey, the crew and embarked forces onboard “raced” the ship across the Atlantic Ocean by rowing, running and cycling in the gym to raise money for the disaster appeal. After two weeks and 4,283 nautical miles the crew “made it to Haiti”, beating the ship with time to spare.

Thousands of pounds were raised which will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Appeal to help rebuild the country.

Hundreds of thousands of people on the Caribbean island were killed, injured or made homeless by the devastating earthquakes which hit the island in January. Thanks to a co-ordinated international aid response many lives were also saved in the aftermath of the disaster.

To say thank you for Cammell Laird’s contribution, Commodore David Preston, RFA Director of Afloat Support, visited the famous Wirral shipyard to present a collage of photographs of the Haiti mission to Chief Executive John Syvret.

Mr Syvret said: “Cammell Laird has an excellent working relationship with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary which stems from our 25-year contract with the Ministry of Defence to maintain 11 of the RFA’s ships in and around the world.

“So when we heard that the crew of RFA Largs Bay was taking part in this charity challenge while sailing to deliver aid to Haiti we of course wanted to help in any way we could. The earthquake was a tragedy and it was crucial that the emergency response was fast and efficient.

“The men and women of the RFA do a fantastic job and we are happy to show our support. We were also grateful to Commodore David Preston for visiting the shipyard and presenting us with a framed photograph.”

RFA Largs Bay, a 16,000 ton Bay Class Landing Ship Dock, first travelled to the remote area of Gonaives, where it successfully delivered a cargo including approximately 3600 sacks of peas, 4050 sacks of rice and 7392 cartons of ready to eat meals.

From there the ship travelled to the stranded fishing village of Anse A Veau, where approximately 275,000 ready meals, 31.5T of Rice, 6.5T of beans, 210 Boxes of Corn Soya Blend, 114 Boxes of Vegetable oil and 13 bags of salt were provided to feed the surrounding community of more than 5,000.

RFA Largs Bay was deployed in support of Department for International Development (DfID) and the World Food Program (WFP) as the UK’s contribution to the humanitarian aid relief effort in Haiti