While in East Timor we discovered that rural midwives were delivering babies by candle light, yet there were perfectly good rugged rechargeable solar powered lights available for a modest cost.
Often the most important items people need are not big and expensive, but small and modest in price. A farmer may need a shovel, an axe, and a hoe to get his farm working again. In this case midwives, currently working by candlelight, needed a simple rechargeable source of light. Fortunately Vega could help out by doing a “Charity Sail” to raise the money for many of the lights needed.
On a lovely Sunday afternoon we had 15 people on board for a short sail (we had to cut it short because the seas were so rough) and a great sundowner on anchor. Not only did we all have a good time, but also the money donated was enough to purchase many of the solar powered lamps needed by the midwives in the rural areas.