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Looking for a Yacht to Deliver Gifts to PNG
Posted July 2012
We are the crew of Australian SV Anui, recently returned from PNG and now settled back in Yamba, NSW. We made particularly good friends with the people of Mal in the Ninigo islands, West of the Hermit Islands and are trying to continue to help them and their community in small ways. Some months ago we sent a box of gifts to Kota Kinabalu in Borneo for friends to pick up and take to Ninigo. We also bought a guitar, which is sitting with the box, but ours friends plans have changed and are coming back to Oz by a different route. We are looking for a yacht that might be heading up through Borneo, across through West Papua and to Ninigo from Jayapura. If you know of anyone travelling that route, please contact Sarah and Scott Armstrong.
Feedback received March 2013
I wanted to tell you that we carried gifts for the Armstrong family (s/v Anui) to Ninigo, PNG. We got in touch with Sarah before we left Australia, and she had the box, guitar, etc. forwarded to us in Bundaberg. We carried it to Ninigo, and a little over two months after recieving the goods were able to deliver them to their friends on Mal island.
If you are curious, our Ninigo posts are here- http://sv-totem.blogspot.com/search?q=ninigo- and the second one down has photos of the family opening gifts from Sarah and fmaily.
It was pretty amazing- we now have friends for life, both on Ninigo and in the Armstrong family! I thought you'd like to know a really nice outcome from your messageboard, one that made a LOT of people very happy.
Further Update from Sarah
Making friends with Behan and the Totem crew has been wonderful and now our friends on Mal have two families that they consider family!
The people of Mal gave us the feedback that due to my initial posting on Noonsite many more yachts have visited them and helped them in useful ways so they are very grateful for your assistance – as am I!
Many thanks, Sarah