The devastation Hurricane Dorian left behind in the Abaco islands and Grand Bahamas island left a lasting impression on Grant Ganzi. The Lynn University junior and polo player recently started the Grand Champions Cares Bahamas Relief Fundraiser and is reaching out to the generous polo community, not only locally, but worldwide.
The goal is $50,000 that will be used for basic essentials, including water, food, medical supplies, clothing, diapers and pet food.
“This hits close to home,” Ganzi said. “It easily could have been us. Everything has been destroyed over there. I hope the polo community will step up and give something. Whatever they want to contribute. Anything will help.”
At least 70,000 have been left homeless. Hundreds remain missing. The situation has become a humanitarian crisis.
“I have been to the Bahamas for the last five years, at least once a year,” Ganzi said. “Seeing the destruction in photos opens your eyes. I remember the destruction Irma and Matthew did to the British West Indies and the Virgin Islands. Knowing that could happen to us in Florida should be a big motivator for everyone. I know the tragedies and devastation hurricanes can cause. It’s a terrible thing that you don’t want to see happen any place in the world.”
Those interested in contributing can visit www.care.gcpolo.com via CrowdRise.