Crew with a Cause: M/Y The Wellesley Barbecues for Cancer Research

Dec 22nd 16
By Hillary Hoffower

   

Chief Stewardess Rachel Fisher and her fellow crew on M/Y The Wellesley certainly know how to exemplify the season of giving. Just in time for the holidays, they pulled in a team effort to give one guest an extraordinary gift. 

  

As Fisher describes it, it was quite apparent upon coming on board that said charter guest, Christine, was not well. 

  

“It shocked me more than I thought it would, and I couldn’t seem to get it out of my mind,” she says. “And the hardest part is not being able to help, so the strong feeling of wanting to fix a problem in which you can’t kills me. So, I wanted us as a crew to help.” 

  

Fisher, who was in awe of Christine’s achievements and colorful life, was touched by her kind heart and ability to make Fisher smile all week. “She was one of the most incredible ladies I have had the pleasure to meet, and the best part is she had no idea how beautiful on the inside and out she actually is,” she gushes. 

  

Fisher said she couldn’t come to grips that the world might lose such an amazing human being and struggled with the unfairness of it all. Determined to do something, she rounded up her fellow crew (Capt. David Pott, First Officer Daniel King, Chief Engineer Georgi Novakov, Engineer Warren Cook, Relief Bosun Chad Dewet, Relief Deckhand David John Hack, Deckhand Petar Vanev, Chef Bradley Van Rooyen, Second Stewardess Alice Clements, Third Stewardess Danielle Smith, and Fourth Stewardess Jasmin Ford) to host a charity barbecue on the dock by the boat earlier this December.  

  

And it was an amazing success. “I couldn’t have been a prouder chief stewie of how the whole crew put so much effort and love into it, and it showed!” says Fisher. They raised a total of $1,500. Even better? The owner matched what the crew raised, so a total of $3,000 was donated to the cancer research charity of Christine’s choice.  

  

According to Fisher, Christine was overwhelmed, speechless, and entirely grateful upon receiving Fisher’s email conveying the surprising news. “It really made us crew feel like we had made a difference,” she says, adding that Christine probably has no idea how much influence she had on the M/Y The Wellesley crew. 

  

“The whole situation made me question myself, giving me a chance to reevaluate what really is important in life, made me think about life in general; how it can be so easily taken away or tainted,” says Fisher. “Reminding myself to be thankful, and I am not taking about being grateful for some good night’s sleep but the fact I woke up for another day.” 

  

Now that’s going above and beyond for a guest.