The Abaco Club has begun fundraising efforts for disaster relief after the extreme amount of damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. The club is the regular host of the Korn Ferry Tour's Bahamas Great Abaco Classic, but on Wednesday it was announced that the hurricane had caused havoc accross the island.
Hurricane Dorian hit the island last weekend, a Catergory 5 hurricane with winds of up to 225mph, a historic record as the strongest landfall winds ever.
Multiple residents remained stranded on roof-tops as of Thursday and Lia Head-Rigby, who heads a hurricane relief group in Abaco, said that the area is completely destroyed.
"It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” said Head-Rigby. “It’s not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again.”
According to the United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, there are 70,000 people in the northern Bahamas who are still in need of relief assistance. The current death toll is 20 but Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, that number is expected to grow in the very-near future.
“So many families have been deeply impacted by Dorian, which has left generational devastation across Abaco and Grand Bahama," Minnis said at a press conference Wednesday. “We ask you to pray for the families and loved ones of the deceased."
Contributions towards the Abaco Club's GoFundMe page will be distributed by the Abaco-Winding Bay Relief Fund, a charity that was formed solely for this effort with 501(c)3 status applied for and pending. The funds will go towards helping the people of Abaco and supply them with shelter, food, medical supplies and assistance in the effort to rebuild the island.
Baker's Bay was also hit by the storm, causing severe damage. Located in Great Guyana Cay, Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean club is a popular vacation spot for multiple PGA Tour players, including Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who regularly post pictures of their visits to their Instagram accounts.
Former world No.1 Justin Rose, who has a home in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, tweeted to let his followers know he and his family are safe and sent his thoughts out to those who have been affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Some rough weather for us at home in Nassau but we are safe, our thoughts are with those whose homes have been devastated in Abaco and Grand Bahama by the 185 mph winds. for everyone’s safety.— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) September 2, 2019