NCLH reaches $2m goal for Bahamas hurricane relief campaign

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said it has met the company’s goal of raising $2m for the ‘Hope Starts Here’ hurricane relief program for the Bahamas.

The campaign involved Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Goal met in less than a month

In less than one month, the program received donations from the company’s team members, passengers, travel partners and business partners, which the company matched with a $2m contribution to All Hands and Hearts.

This is supporting emergency response efforts across the Bahamas, including debris cleanup and removal, and the rebuilding of community infrastructure such as houses or schools.

‘Our company has always stood ready to help our neighbors in times of need, and now is no exception,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, NCLH. ‘We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the Hope Starts Here hurricane relief program and helped us meet our goal of raising $2 million to assist with emergency response and rebuilding efforts across the Bahamas.’

Two-year commitment

‘We have committed to work alongside the people of the Bahamas for at least the next two years and we are proud to partner with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to bring support to the communities that have been struck by Hurricane Dorian,’ said Erik Dyson, CEO, All Hands and Hearts. ‘This $4 million now raised is critical to ensure that we can be there to provide sustained support as the media’s attention has now moved on, and our past experience shows that funding interest will drop off even as the hard work of recovery is just beginning.’

Posted 1 October 2019

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