The Real Journeys Cruise-for-a-Cause this year will assist Forest & Bird with predator control and help train Southland & Otago Cancer Society volunteers.
Each year Real Journeys dedicates the first cruise of its overnight season as a fundraiser for a charitable or not-for-profit community organisation. Real Journeys provides the vessels, crew, delicious dinner, breakfast and water activities at no cost. All the organisation has to do is sell the tickets to its members - it keeps 100% of the proceeds. In the last couple of years Cruise-for-a-Cause has raised $60,000.
The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society already knows the benefits of the Cruise-for-a-Cause initiative having raised almost $18,000 on the Milford Sound trip last year.
Following its successful campaign Forest and Bird will sell the first Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise of the season on the Fiordland Navigator on 2 September. Forest & Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague says the funding will support its work towards establishing a Predator Free New Zealand.
“The nightly activity of rats, stoats and possums causes the loss of irreplaceable ancient species in Fiordland and throughout the country. Like the Real Journeys team, Forest & Bird want to share the spectacular wilderness of our incredible country with others and inspire them to join in protecting our unique environment. Funds raised from this once in a lifetime trip to Doubtful Sound will be used to support Forest & Bird’s practical pest-control to protect our unique heritage,” says Kevin.
There were 20 applicants for the 2017 Cruise-for-a-Cause initiative which is now in its the third year.