The British Virgin Islands was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Thousands were homeless and overnight many people were thrust into abject poverty. Recovery is going to be a long and tough road.
The community both on-island and around the world is rallying together to aid the recovery and rebuild the islands we love, which will take years not just days, weeks and months. Roger Carter and Sophie Leroy are going to “walktheBVI”
The New Year brings new hope, so at 8am on January 2nd 2018, Roger and Sophie will commence a walk around all the main islands of the BVI. Starting in Road Town they will walk around Tortola, stopping by some of the places personal to their hearts, and visiting the communities who have done it so tough. The walk will continue to Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, before one last leg in Anegada.
Please support the sponsored walk in any way you can, by joining us, buying a t-shirt, donating or simply sharing our story!
Roger lived on Tortola from 2002 – 2006. He was a BVIFA Youth Coach for two years and the PE teacher at Cedar for two years. Roger played football for Old Madrid, as well as rugby for the BVI. He now lives in a small coastal town called Kiama, two hours south of Sydney in Australia, and still has many friends in the BVI. Roger is an administrator of the BVI Abroad Facebook Page, and has now set up BVI Down Under, to raise money for BVI in Australia.
Sophie was raised and has spent most of her life on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, having moved there with her parents when she was just 2 years old. It is the only place she considers to be Home. Sophie has been living in London for the past 2.5 years and it is from there that she has been coordinating post-Irma relief efforts, both as an Administrator of the ‘BVI Abroad – Hurricane Irma’ Facebook page and as a ‘Friend of the BVI’ working closely with BVI House in London.