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Earth-shattering progress! St Helena’s airport continues to take shape

July 24, 2014 in News, Tourism

This is a guest post by Chairman of the Tourism Association, Vince Thompson. He provides us with the latest information on the construction of St Helena airport, accompanied by pictures from the site.

The airport is now really starting to take shape.  As the fill in Dry Gut rises ever closer to the finish level more work is being done on the airport itself. Basil Read’s Island Director gave The Independent/Saint FM a tour of the airport site this week.   The tour started at the car park where an area large enough to park 250 cars is being prepared for the concrete paver to lay the final surface.  At the south end of the runway there is a 400-metre section that is almost ready for the various sub-surface and surface layers required to provide a safe and solid runway for planes to land and take-off.

The Last Big Blasting Job – This rock outcrop, at the northern end of the runway, will not be  there by this time next month. It will probably take three blasting operations to reduce it to  the level of the ground around it. The blasted rock will probably be taken to the other end of  the runway to provide the last fill needed at Dry Gut.

The Last Big Blasting Job – This rock outcrop, at the northern end of the runway, will not be there by this time next month. It will probably take three blasting operations to reduce it to the level of the ground around it. The blasted rock will probably be taken to the other end of the runway to provide the last fill needed at Dry Gut.

Over one million cubic metres of stone aggregate is needed to provide the sub-bases for the runway, car park, apron and several other areas.  The ground at the north end of the runway is still having the high points levelled off and the low points filled in. The Dry Gut now has over seven million cubic metres of fill compacted into it! There are now just seven more metres to go before the finish level is reached.

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The South End of the Runway – The poles show the centre line of the runway. The sub-base is stone aggregate with a mix of 3% concrete to keep the surface firm. Next to the runway a further flat and firm safety area runs along both sides.

At the other end of the runway 190,000 cubic metres of fill is required to bring an area of low ground to the runway level.  Overall, the runway is an average of 30 metres below the original ground level.  Reducing the level has so far taken over 300 blasting operations and used 4,000 tonnes of explosive.  There is just one remaining big blasting operation left; at the north end of the runway a large rock outcrop will be blasted away and the shattered rock used as fill in Dry Gut. All earthworks are due to be completed by the end of this year.

Levelling the Safety Area on the Eastern Side – Safety areas running the length of the runway, on both sides, are needed in case a plane leaves the centre line of the runway on landing or when taking off.  The safety areas, together with the taxi-way and apron, have been made wider to allow planes with wider wing spans, such as Boeing 757-200 and Lockheed L100 30 to use the runway.

Levelling the Safety Area on the Eastern Side – Safety areas running the length of the runway, on both sides, are needed in case a plane leaves the centre line of the runway on landing or when taking off. The safety areas, together with the taxi-way and apron, have been made wider to allow planes with wider wing spans, such as Boeing 757-200 and Lockheed L100 30 to use the runway.

In the New Year work at the airport will concentrate on finishing the airport buildings, finishing the installation of runway lighting and getting the technical equipment already installed in the Control Tower in full running order.  There will also be a lot of work in getting the surfacing of everything from the runway to the car park finished.  Running parallel to this work will be the various parts of the certification process, the Disaster Management Plan and the enactment of required but outstanding legislations.  The airport terminal should be completed by July next year.  In a few weeks we will be reporting on progress at Rupert’s Wharf.

Looking Down to Prosperous Bay From the Runway Threshold – the lighting system for the  runway approach will be installed high on the cliff face just below the foreground in the photo.   The lights will be directed towards the open sea just left of The Barn.

Looking Down to Prosperous Bay From the Runway Threshold – the lighting system for the runway approach will be installed high on the cliff face just below the foreground in the photo. The lights will be directed towards the open sea just left of The Barn.

Just Seven Metres Higher and Half a Million Cubic Metres To Go – The massive operation to fill Dry Gut with almost 8 million cubic metres of fill is nearly done.  The depth of fill shown in the photo is not as great as the amount of fill needed at the eastern edge of the fill area.  On the right is the overflow channel for any water which builds up on the western side of Dry Gut.

Just Seven Metres Higher and Half a Million Cubic Metres To Go – The massive operation to fill Dry Gut with almost 8 million cubic metres of fill is nearly done. The depth of fill shown in the photo is not as great as the amount of fill needed at the eastern edge of the fill area. On the right is the overflow channel for any water which builds up on the western side of Dry Gut.

Levelling the Car Park and Drop-Off Area – with more stone aggregate for the sub-base.

Levelling the Car Park and Drop-Off Area – with more stone aggregate for the sub-base.

Applying the Stone Facade to the Airport Buildings – there is a lot of exterior wall to be  covered with stone,  The stone used is small and thin, many thousands of pieces will be needed; making the job very long and surely a bit tedious.

Applying the Stone Facade to the Airport Buildings – there is a lot of exterior wall to be covered with stone, The stone used is small and thin, many thousands of pieces will be needed; making the job very long and surely a bit tedious.

Horse Point Landfill Improvements to Finish Soon – The roof will go on to this building at Horse Point in a few days.  It’s the last task in the improvements at Horse Point.  As a safety measure rubbish will be tipped into the bays constructed inside the building when planes are due to land or take off instead of directly into the new pits dug at locations further into the site.

Horse Point Landfill Improvements to Finish Soon – The roof will go on to this building at Horse Point in a few days. It’s the last task in the improvements at Horse Point. As a safety measure rubbish will be tipped into the bays constructed inside the building when planes are due to land or take off instead of directly into the new pits dug at locations further into the site.

A Fresh Look at Great Stone Top – This photo is taken from an access track halfway down the gigantic slope on the eastern or seaward side of Dry Gut Fill.

A Fresh Look at Great Stone Top – This photo is taken from an access track halfway down the gigantic slope on the eastern or seaward side of Dry Gut Fill.

St Helena in the Commonwealth Games 2014

July 17, 2014 in News

On Friday 11th July, 10 athletes embarked on an 8,000+ mile journey from St Helena, destined to represent the island at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2014 in Glasgow. Led by the organiser Chef de Mission, Pamela Young, a Saint.

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This will be the sixth year that St Helena has participated in the CWG and hopes are high for the team. In total 71 countries are participating this year which means the Saints need your support!

St Helena is being represented by the athletes Patrick Young, Jordie Andrews, Madolyn Andrews, Chelsea Benjamin, Ben Dillon, Lee Yon, Simon Henry, Ryan Benjamin, Vernon Smeed & Duane March.

Their journey to Glasgow includes taking the RMS St Helena to Cape Town, then flying to Glasgow, with a stop-off in Amsterdam. It’s hoped that the weather stays bright so that the shooting team can find some practice time in Cape Town. The main sporting disciplines that Saints excel at are not only in shooting but also in cricket, football, netball and rounders. Medals are hoped for all around, especially in shooting.

This will be the last year that athletes will have to travel via the RMS St Helena to the games, following the opening of St Helena’s first airport in 2016. Once the airport is open, Saints will have an opportunity to easily participate in other international competitions. It will also provide the opportunity for other athletes from across the world to enjoy the range of activities the island has to offer; diving, fishing, coastal swimming, golf, etc. A 50m rifle range is currently being constructed on the island.

It’s Festival of Walking 2014

July 10, 2014 in News, Tourism

The biannual Festival of Walking started on St Helena this week, which is a fortnight’s programme of walks to suit every walker; whether a beginner or seasoned hiker.

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The week started with a launch evening at the Consulate Hotel, which allowed walkers to mingle with walk leaders, ask questions about routes and most importantly sign up to participate. There was a good turn out and attendees commented that they had an enjoyable time.

This year a programme has been put together to include a larger selection of walks, including some of the popular Post Box walks.  All routes are suitable for all abilities and have been spread over three weeks.

A walk to South West Point kicked the programme off, led by Valerie Joshua. Despite a wet and muddy start to the route, walkers had spells of sunshine along the journey and were able to capture dramatic views of Manati Bay over to Speery Island and the Black Rocks.

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For those who would rather not travel “off the beaten path”, town walks are also available. Last Tuesday afternoon thirteen walkers took part in a walk through Jamestown led by Basil George.

Two visitors to the island, Alan and Barbara Wood, said the Town Walk was “A very good introduction to the history of St Helena and Jamestown.   I would recommend all visitors take it. There is so much to see in a small area.  Basil George was an excellent guide and he even slid down part of Jacob’s Ladder for us!”

There will be more walks happening over the next two weeks.

For further information about the walks available click here.

History made on St Helena: Placing of the Commemorative Stone

July 3, 2014 in Island Life, News

This week’s guest post is from Tourism Projects Manager, Merrill Joshua. At the weekend he witnessed significant history being made on St Helena with the placing of the Commemorative Stone at the St Helena Airport site.

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To mark the construction of St Helena Airport’s terminal building, a special Commemorative Stone was placed at the site, a local basalt rock – a key marker in the development of St Helena Airport. Placed by His Excellency Governor Capes to an audience of over 100 invited guests, Lord Bishop Richard Fenwick blessed the site and Prince Andrew School students buried a Time Capsule.

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This milestone in St Helena’s history was a touching one. The speeches made were relevant, delivered with passion and sincerity. Bringing the reality of St Helena’s changing history closer to home. The day summarised the past, efforts from the present and what result we hope to achieve in the future.

The burial of the time capsule was heartwarming and the contents therein will surely create a feeling of nostalgia to future generations who will unearth it in 100 years’ time. It should give the residents of St Helena in 2114 a feel for what the island has achieved since the construction of the airport. Especially as traditional St Helena recipes are read, reminders of St Helena’s endemic wildlife are shared and details of St Helena’s economic position are detailed.

All enjoyed the day and recognition was given to Basil Read for delivering the project on time and on schedule, giving merit to the Saints and others who make the workforce.

The Arts and Crafts Association presented HE Governor Capes and a select few with a limited edition vial pendent that was accompanied by an authenticity certificate and contained soil samples from the terminal building. A limited number of these souvenirs were on sale at the site.

Although the event lasted for just over 2 hours, it will make an ever-lasting impact on the island’s history. The day ran smoothly, the weather was bright and was an opportunity for Saints to reflect on the impending future of the island.

 

Small island with a gigantic footprint in endemic species

June 26, 2014 in Island Life

The British territories feature some of the most iconic environments on the planet, representing unique wildlife and opportunities for further species to be identified. Of all these locations, St Helena must be the jewel in the Commonwealth’s crown. Some even say the “Galapagos of the South Atlantic” as the island is home to a total of 2,932 species as identified by the RSPB.

From sea to land, perfect evolutionary conditions. Credit to Marc Lavaud

From sea to land, perfect evolutionary conditions. Credit to Marc Lavaud

The variety of altitudes, terrain and climate has provided the perfect evolutionary conditions for a vast range of endemic species on St Helena; 502 to be precise, with another 19 potentially endemic, 26 of which are globally threatened. Therefore a huge conservation effort is required to maintain St Helena’s wildlife.

So far conservation on St Helena is largely a community effort. Last September the island saw Peaks National Park re-launch as part of the National Conservation Areas. In addition, Marine Awareness Week is a humble reminder of the importance of the island’s marine environment. This time last year the island was in celebration after a long leaf hopper which hadn’t been spotted on the island for 137 years was re-discovered!

Credit to Mark Lavaud

The Peaks. Credit to Mark Lavaud

Despite the valuable conservation work on the island, there are still significant areas that require improvement. The marine environment in particular is largely unmapped, leaving species undetected and not accessed. The saddest moment in recent years was the extinction of the St Helena olive tree in November 2003. Other species remain on the brink of extinction, sometimes only survived by a couple of old trees.

St Helena Olive Tree

St Helena Olive Tree

Protecting St Helena’s environment is of upmost importance and a huge task. Our thanks go to the sterling work of the Saint Helena National Trust and the St Helena Nature Conservation Group. They are always looking for volunteers and welcome donations. If you want to help, visit this Facebook page.

To read more about conservation of the UK’s overseas territories download the RSPB’s latest reports.

Racing on St Helena, it’s Gravity Rush 2014!

June 19, 2014 in Island Life, News

On Sunday spectators gathered in less than favourable weather for the start of the much-anticipated Gravity Rush. A kart-racing event organised by SHAPE employees and volunteers. However, the weather did not dampen enthusiasm as a steady stream of spectators showed up and made their way to Bridge and Market Street.

Gravity Rush Prize presentation

Fifteen racers proudly paraded their go-karts of all shapes, colours and sizes whilst spectators cheered them on. Just over 1,000 people gathered to witness the event.

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The fifteen entrants for Gravity Rush 2014 were as follows:

  • Arrow (driven by Jordan Thomas)
  • Bring It On (built by Adrian John)
  • Green Machine (represented Thorpe’s)
  • Real Steel (driven by Craig Yon)
  • Flaming Eagle (built Roddy Yon)
  • Cool Running’s (represented Basil Read)
  • School running’s (represented Harford Primary School PTA)
  • Sentinel Flyer (represented SAMS)
  • No Guts No Glory (driven by Curtis Peters)
  • Chariots of Fire (represented the Salvation Army)
  • Bumble Bee (represented St Paul’s PTA)
  • Shapen Up (represented SHAPE)
  • Far Out (driven by Ricardo Fowler)
  • Go Fast Go Pro (represented SURE)
  • Ming (represented Prince Andrew School)

Commentator for the event, Merrill Joshua, encouraged the crowd to join in voting for the best go-kart, which resulted in chants and cheers for each racer. The louder the noise, the better the score! Cool Running’s won this category by popular demand scoring an overall 10 out of 10.

The eagerly awaited first eight races then began as follows:

  • Race 1: Arrow vs Bring it on                                              Winner: Bring It On
  • Race 2: Green Machine vs Real Steel                        Winner: Real Steel
  • Race 3: Flaming eagle vs Cool Running’s                                  Winner: Cool Running
  • Race 4: School running’s vs Sentinel Flyer             Winner: Sentinel Flyer
  • Race 5: No Guts, No Glory vs Chariots of Fire       Winner: No Guts No Glory
  • Race 6: Bumble Bee vs Shapen Up                              Winner: Shapen Up
  • Race 7: Far Out vs Go Fast Go Pro                                Winner: Far Out
  • Race 8: Ming automatically went through as there was no other go kart to race against.

Winners went onto compete against one another in the winners bracket, whilst the Losers of the races competed against one another.  This was great fun with a few crashes in-between, which added to the dramatic atmosphere. The team, Guts No Glory, took the lead with Shapen Up trailing closely behind. Thanks to clever manoeuvring, No Guts No Glory won the title of winner of Gravity Rush 2014!

2014 winner vs 2013 winner

SHAPE Manager, Martin Joshua, said that Gravity Rush was “Absolutely Amazing. I would like to thank in particular sponsors Solomon’s & Co, BOSH, RMS St Helena, Connect St Helena and the Police.  Huge thanks are also extended to all those involved (too many to mention) for making Gravity Rush 2014 such a success.”

In the words one of the spectators, “I thought the event was absolutely brilliant, the races was great, some of them actually put you on edge as they came speeding round the corner and some had you laughing at times.  I think SHAPE and everyone else involved did an excellent job planning this event and making it safer for the spectators.  I know we will definitely be looking forward to next year’s Gravity Rush.”

Going Remote on St Helena

June 12, 2014 in Island Life, Tourism

In March 2014 Travel Blogger, Iain Mallory, visited St Helena to explore and learn more about the Saint way of life. Today he has written a guest post for the Wirebird blog. You can read more posts from Iain Mallory about St Helena on his popular travel blog, Mallory on Travel.

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When the RMS St Helena departs Jamestown harbour for Ascension it brings the realisation that the lifeline to the world has been severed. For the next five days there will not be any way to leave St Helena, the isolation is complete.

This can apparently be slightly unsettling for many visitors, feeling isolated in the middle of the South Atlantic. However, I revelled in this feeling of remoteness, having spent several days sailing to the island, being cut-off from the outside just added to the adventure.

Iain Mallory-300-22By this stage I’d already had a chance to get about and explore, and was enchanted by the lush vegetation, stunning scenery, charismatic birdlife, and friendly character of the local people.

‘Saints’ as they are known had made all the other visitors feel welcome from the moment we’d stepped off the ship. They always seemed to have a friendly smile, happy to chat, and I’d been fortunate enough to meet several of the more colourful characters.

Dining with Saints at most of the islands eateries was a pleasure; enjoying casual, but great value meals at Ann’s Place or traditional meal at Wellington House. The Chinese restaurant was too good to pass up, but invitations to home cooked goat curry dinner with good company seemed even more preferable.

I was also lucky enough to have been granted an audience with Jonathon, the giant tortoise believed to be the oldest known living land animal. That’s a reptile with some claim to fame!

Iain Mallory-300-38In truth, the next week flew by. Crawling after the native wirebird, the island’s only indigenous bird, visiting forts with fantastic views, swimming with whale sharks (note my blasé comment, it’s nothing special to Saints), and hiking to pristine swimming holes like Lot’s Wife Pond.

The size of the island means it’s easy to fit in some adventurous exploring, and still manage the more usual tourist activities, such as visiting Longwood House, Napoleon’s tomb, and Plantation House.

The ship soon returns, and although it’s only eight days on the island, there’s a lifetime of memories. I couldn’t help wishing the ship were sailing off without me again, so I could go remote a little while longer.

 

Wirebird blog: Most Popular and Best Picks

June 5, 2014 in News

Can you believe it has already been one year since we launched the St Helena Wirebird blog? Over 50,000 visits later, this blog has become a one-stop shop for finding out the latest news from the island, providing travel information and insight into what life is like as a Saint.

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Here are the most popular posts so far, along with some of the editor’s best picks:

Most Popular

2 Years until St Helena has an airport
“It’s on target to transform St Helena and secure the island’s future, according to St Helena Government. With only two years to go before the opening of St Helena airport construction on the island is at full pace, and today we have received our first preview of what the airport layout will look like.”

Recipe for the famous St Helena Fish Cakes
“If you’re looking for a taste of St Helena, then look no further! The Island’s cuisine is wonderfully varied with Malay, British, and Chinese influences. Each dish has their own special ‘Saint’ twist, especially the spices and curries.” 

St Helena – it’s the tallest, biggest and oldest!
“From the tallest, biggest and oldest; St Helena is an extraordinary location that flaunts some of the world’s best-kept travel secrets. In this blog post we’ll take you on a journey exploring St Helena’s superlative signs, linking to some of our favourite past blog posts.”

The 7 Wonders of St Helena
“We might be small but our island features a number of natural attractions, holds the weight of an impressive history and boasts breathtaking scenery. Together these elements form the 7 wonders of St Helena, 7 reasons for why you should come to visit one day!”

St Helena Aerial Photos
“A selection of 2013 St Helena aerial photos captured by photographer Marc Lavaud.”

Editor’s Best Picks

The daily astonishment of the Log of the Watch
A guest blog written by popular author Niall Griffiths, who has six published books to date and also writes travel pieces. This is what brought him to our small island last month. Today he writes about what it was like travelling on the RMS St Helena.

Connoisseur’s guide to St Helena’s spirits
St Helena is one of the world’s best kept secrets and the ‘St Helena Distillery’ even more so. It really is the most remote distillery in the world! The distillery uses German-made Holstein spirit distilling equipment imported and installed in 2006 and is run by Head Distiller Paul Hickling.

The Oldest Saint
Jonathan is St Helena’s oldest resident, by far. It is estimated that Jonathan is between 170 and 200 years old, making him not just St Helena’s oldest Saint, but quite possibly the world’s oldest reptile.

St Helena through the eyes of… a Donkey Home

May 29, 2014 in Islander's Perspective, Tourism

Today we have interviewed Jodie Mills who runs the St Helena Donkey Home; an important conservation effort caring for the donkeys across the island.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you lived on St Helena for and what is your role at the Donkey home? 
I have lived on St Helena for ‘Donkey’s Years’ well actually no, only three and half years but I couldn’t resist squeezing a donkey pun in somewhere! When I arrived on the Island in my new conservation job my new boss took me on tour and we drove past some donkeys in a field. He said it was such a shame that no one looked after them or used them for work anymore. This got me thinking; I had always wanted a horse when I was younger, now this was my chance to have 13 donkeys instead! So I went to see the governments Agriculture and Natural Resources Department who were over the moon that someone wanted to look after the donkeys and the St Helena Donkey Home was born!

What is the purpose of the Donkey Home?
The purpose of the Donkey Home is to: IMG_4101

  • Promote the welfare and wellbeing of all donkeys on the island by providing them a safe habitat, shelter and regular care.
  • Promote good animal care through training, education and awareness to prevent cruelty and suffering of the Island’s donkeys.
  • Rehabilitate the donkeys back to a working life in a variety of roles; from providing therapy for children, becoming a tourist attraction, to carrying endemic plants through difficult terrain.

We do this by:

  • Raising funds to improve the habitat of the donkeys and buy medical equipment / vet care.
  • Educating the public about how to care for domestic donkeys and those kept as ‘pets’.
  • Taking the donkeys on regular walks to help improve their physical and mental health.
  • Running education programmes for animal care, riding skills and eventually behaviour therapy.

Do you offer any activities for tourists visiting St Helena?
Yes, we have a regular donkey walk every Saturday morning which are very popular with locals and tourists alike and we also offer an eco tour with the donkeys around one of the most scenic areas of the island with tree planting and a picnic carried by the donkeys (and most often shared with the donkeys) thrown in too.

Our website is:
http://www.wikivillage.sh/st-helena-donkey-home

Our Facebook page is:
https://www.facebook.com/SaintHelenaDonkeyHome

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How many donkeys do you now have? Are you expecting any new additions this year?
We currently have 14 donkeys and have just gained two new donkeys, one which was in a terrible state that had been attacked by biting flies and minor birds to the point where there was no hair left on her legs. She is now recovering well. The other new addition is a lovely old boy called Prince, probably the oldest donkey on the island – around 40 years old! He struggled a little walking up the hill to his new home but when on the flat he was off like a rocket! We also have two pregnant mares who will be expecting later on in the year. Donkeys are pregnant for a whole year (I have recently had a baby and nine months was enough!) so a long time to wait for new arrivals…

What is the history of donkeys on St Helena?
In the past donkeys were an essential part of Island life; offering loyal service throughout many generations of our history.  As ‘helping hooves’ to the islanders, donkeys transported goods and people all around the Island for centuries. They serviced visitors and locals alike, forming the backbone to the successful flax industry of St Helena. After all, a donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size!

However, with the introduction of electricity, cars and the collapse of the flax industry, Donkeys found themselves out of work. Many people no longer wanted or could no longer care for their donkeys and the population plummeted from 1650 at the height of flax industry in the 1960′s to just 38 today.

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What is your passion behind caring for donkeys?
I have always loved donkeys and horses and spent many a summer holiday on Scarborough beach nagging my mum for another 50p for a donkey ride. To now have the opportunity to care for 14 donkeys is a real treat for me – I love it.

Is the airport development having an effect on the Donkey Home?
In May 2012 the donkeys on St Helena were in desperate need of a shelter as their paddock often gets very wet in the winter and all the donkeys suffer from seedy toe and thrush in their hooves. That month we happened to have a male donkey in and I named him Basil after the airport contractors Basil Reed. I arranged a meeting with the CEO and said, “We’ve had a baby donkey and named him Basil – would you like to build him a shelter?”… and they did!!! They did such an amazing job and now all the donkeys can enjoy a cosy nights sleep undercover. I’m just hoping Basil will get an invite to the opening of the airport…

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Is the Donkey Home currently fundraising for a cause? How can people get involved with the home from overseas? Can we adopt a donkey?!
The Donkey Home relies on donations, grants and the sale of merchandise.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Adopt a donkey – for £20 a year you will get regular updates on his/her progress, as you personally contribute to the medication, care and food of the donkey, with opportunities to care for your donkey yourself if you’d like to! When you adopt a donkey you receive a personalised certificate of gratitude, making great gifts for loved ones both overseas and on island!
  • Volunteer?  The St Helena Donkey Home needs volunteers with a range of skills; help with running fundraising events, website design, gathering donkey food, maintaining the shelter, transport…you name it, we need it!
  • Leave a legacy
  • Place a collection box in shops/pubs or other public amenities you may own.
  • Purchase donkey merchandise
  • Buy a bag of donkey poop (gift wrap available!)

Vote for the RMS St Helena in the Cruise International Awards

May 15, 2014 in Island Life, News

We’re delighted to announce that the RMS St Helena has been shortlisted in the UK’s Cruise International Awards, in their Adventure category. There is no doubt that travelling by the RMS St Helena is currently all part of the St Helena experience. Please show your support by voting us.

You can vote here. Voting closes on the 20th August.

The RMS St Helena seen in the distance.

The RMS St Helena seen in the distance.

Other nominees in this category include:

  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Hurtigruten
  • Nobile Caledonia
  • Silversea
  • Voyages to Antiquity

We believe (with unequivocal bias!) that the RMS St Helena is the only nominee in this category that can boast a completely unique journey. The five days it takes from Cape Town on this, one of the only remaining Royal Mail vessels, is one of the reasons people embark on a voyage to St Helena. On Board the RMS you are not just another number, but become part of a family.

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Last year’s awards attracted over 24,000 votes and this year’s awards are likely to be even more popular. The awards are a celebration of everything that makes sea-travel the holiday of a lifetime.

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Here is a selection of our best posts about the RMS St Helena: