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
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
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.
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.