IGFA gives first disaster relief funding to Florida Keys guides and skippers
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The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has announced the first recipients of its Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) initiative, introduced to help members of the industry get back on their feet after a natural disaster.
The Guides Trust Foundation and Islamorada Charter Boat Association will each receive $10,000 to support those affected and their families in the Florida Keys who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.
“We are all deeply saddened by the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma as it ripped across the Florida Keys, yet we are inspired by the resilience of the local recreational angling community,” said IGFA President Nehl Horton. “We hope that this financial support will help get our friends in the Florida Keys back out on the water as soon as possible.”
The WARF was set up in September to raise funds for local angling organisations to help speed up recovery around the world in the wake of major natural disasters. IGFA and its partner, Costa Sunglasses, launched the fund with initial donations, totalling $25,000, and are continuing to raise money to help those in affected areas.
The next round of the WARF grants will address the impact of the 2017 hurricane season in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region. Grant decisions are made by WARF in consultation with supporters and local representatives in impacted areas.