PINE CAY, Turks & Caicos Islands – The Meridian Club, a private 800-acre island vacation retreat on Pine Cay in Turks & Caicos, is planning on opening November 1, as it has done for over 30 consecutive years. While the recent hurricanes of Hanna and Ike proved to be a challenge, damage was minimal resulting in ongoing clean-up and replaced landscaping.

The island is unusual in that its “club” structure has fostered an enormous sense of community not typically found at hotels, resorts and inns. This community that was spared severe damage is now reaching out to those less fortunate.

South Caicos and Grand Turk suffered considerably, so much so they are declared “disaster areas” receiving support from the British Navy and British Red Cross. However, Salt Cay, due to its limited population, has not received significant assistance and those affected are in dire need.

The Meridian Club and the Pine Cay Homeowners Association stepped up to help their neighbors on Salt Cay by purchasing and donating several generators and a large quantity of building supplies and generators from Miami. The Pine Cay Project, an independent charitable organization, is also ready to help educators and others in the TCI as they educate and assist children and adults whose lives have been disrupted by recent hurricanes. Grants are intended to replace books and learning materials damaged in the storms and to brighten the lives of children and others who have suffered serious personal losses in their homes and elsewhere.

Trustees of Pine Cay Project include several members of the Pine Cay Homeowners Association. The Project is a qualified nonprofit organization under the tax laws of the United States (federal ID #341703337). Donations are tax deductible in the US and will be promptly acknowledged in writing. They may be mailed to: Pine Cay Project, 2201 Merit Avenue, Lima, OH 45805 USA.