Zegrahm Expeditions Makes Donation to Tongan People to Help Rebuild after Tsunami

Zegrahm Expeditions Makes Donation to Tongan People to Help Rebuild after Tsunami

SEATTLE, Wash. A regular port call on their Hidden Gems of the South Pacific itinerary, Zegrahm Expeditions recently returned to Niuatoputapu, a remote island in the Kingdom of Tonga. Hard hit by a tsunami in September of 2009, the islanders were in need of essential supplies in order to rebuild their community and lives. Aware of this need, Zegrahm made a special visit to the island on November 24 to deliver an assortment of provisions, including bags of rice, flour, and sugar; tins of meat; bottled water; school and medical supplies; sewing kits; and water purification tablets.

The people of the island were grateful and genuinely touched by the kindness of the donation made on behalf of the entire Zegrahm family—past travelers, staff, and the ship’s crew. The islanders expressed their gratitude by presenting visitors with flower leis, traditional dance performances, and a kava ritual. Zegrahm cofounder, Jack Grove, addressed the community of Niuatoputapu in a formal donation ceremony and spoke on behalf of the travelers and crew. “We want to share our love with you and thank you for allowing us to come. We brought a few gifts, some small donations, but how wonderful to feel the love and compassion you share with us.”

Typically, Zegrahm Expeditions sendsa gift to their past travelers at the end of each year. However, this year the company took the funds set aside for the gift and postage and applied them toward the supplies for the islanders of Niuatoputapu. During these difficult economic times, Zegrahm believes it is more important than ever to use travel as a vehicle for not only exploring the world, but also helping others.

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Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Lead by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents. For more information, please access www.zegrahm.com.