We've been very touched by the response to the Ron Cutajar Memorial Fund. The intention was to honour his memory by supporting programs on Bequia that were dear to him. Ron was directly involved in creating the fund, asking that the Junior Sailing Academy of Bequia and the Sunshine School would benefit from it.
I'm delighted to say that, given the level of response, we're well positioned to make a lasting contribution to both.
For the JSAB, we've been looking to source a new boat, something a bit larger, to add to the academy's fleet, to be christened in Ron's name. An Optimist to bear the name "Mr. Ron." We've sourced one, thanks to Peter Gibson, in Tennessee (!) and are working toward making that purchase and setting up delivery.
The donations will also help to offset operating costs at the Sunshine School. The school is home to a woodworking shop that Ron was instrumental in creating, and which has become a key program offered there. The shop is a teaching facility, though students also use the space to make cutting boards and gifts that are sold in the harbour.