April 10th, 2020

North Sound Foundation

For the vast majority of us, doing our part in today’s pandemic-stricken world means keeping our distance, washing our hands and staying home as much as we possibly can. Others are taking their social responsibilities to the next level. Oil Nut Bay, the British Virgin Islands’ leading resort community, continues its commitment to the surrounding municipality by taking a lead role in providing support to the children and families of Virgin Gorda as they navigate these turbulent times. David V. Johnson and his wife Pamela have committed to contributing $100,000, with a goal to raise one million dollars through the generosity of Oil Nut Bay homeowners and members of the community alike.

Created by Johnson and his wife, the North Sound Foundation exists to assist local nonprofit cultural, educational, environmental, health and human service organizations throughout the North Sound and Virgin Gorda. Through a series of grants that empower the community, other organizations, such as the Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary School, St. Mary’s Schools, KATS, Special Olympics BVI and the BVI Fishing Clubs, have benefited from the North Sound Foundation over the years. The North Sound Foundation is especially keen to sponsor children and youth affairs as we have done repeatedly in the past.  We have also assisted some government organizations like Customs to meet with their regional counterparts in BVI or in the sub-region.

As part of its ongoing dedication to the British Virgin Islands, the North Sound Foundation continues to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment into the community.  We believe that a well-resourced and supported community will nurture better workers and citizens who respect each other and the rule of law.

We were pleased that ONB property owners and members of the international community joined hands with us to rebuild the Robinson O’Neal Primary School for the benefit of the children of, especially, the North Sound Community following its destruction by Hurricane Irma in 2017.  The Coronavirus is a global catastrophe that is already impacting the people of the BVI community, especially Virgin Gorda.  Tourism is the lifeblood of this community and in the present climate, travel and tourism are outlawed as countries close their borders and order citizens to lock down.

The British Virgin Islands is a place where we have all enjoyed visiting, living and doing business and we hope to continue these activities in a coronavirus free world.  At its point of greatest vulnerability, we want to stand with the people of this Territory to assist them in their time of need.

Your contribution is very important to the NSF and especially to the people of the Virgin Gorda Community!

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