Sunwing Foundation has partnered with emergency response charity, GlobalMedic, to bring humanitarian aid into destinations affected by Hurricane Irma. Our first humanitarian effort took place on Sunday September 10th, when a GlobalMedic RescUAV team travelled on a special rescue flight to St Maarten that was organized by Sunwing Airlines in collaboration with the local authorities. Their Rapid Response Team brought along 1,500 hygiene kits and enough water purification tablets to restore a million litres of drinking water for affected families as traditional water sources are contaminated due to the storm. The plane also carried 1,000 kilos of humanitarian aid.

Sunwing is also sending humanitarian aid in partnership with GlobalMedic today, September 12th, to be distributed to areas which are most in need across Cuba. The consignment was carried on a Sunwing Airlines special flight to Cuba that departed earlier this morning from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Varadero. Varadero Airport, which has been closed since Saturday, reopened for a brief period today to enable the operation of six Sunwing Airlines rescue flights.

A Sunwing rescue flight is also being planned to send aid with a GlobalMedic team to Antigua this coming Friday, September 15th.

For more information or to make a donation to GlobalMedic’s Hurricane Irma relief, please click here.