Kayak raffle to benefit Fish Farm Haiti Project

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MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass. — Last fall when Margaret Pénicaud was fishing the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Blue Fish Derby, Hurricane Matthew slammed the southwestern coast of Haiti. It was yet another disaster for these poor people. The Sisters of the Daughters of Mary Queen Immaculate, whom parishioners on Cape Cod have been working with and helping since 1998, run three schools in the area that the hurricane devastated.

So Margaret Pénicaud has stepped up to help.

She is raffling off the 15-1/2-foot motorized fishing kayak that she won for catching the largest fish from a kayak — a 40-inch, 23.8-pound striped bass! — while fishing off what she calls “the Vineyard sleigh ride!” 

“It was such a miracle for me to catch that fish I knew what it was meant for,” Pénicaud said. “‘Sell what you have and give to the poor and you shall have treasure in Heaven,’ right?”

As a volunteer with the Fish Farm Haiti Project, Pénicaud hopes the raffle with raise money to benefit the people of Haiti. 

“We do not use the funds we raise for our travel expenses to get to Haiti,” she said. “We want every penny to get where it can do the most good.”

The Fish Farm Haiti Project also has a sponsorship program for the children in the school, and donations for the Sisters can be made directly through its website at www.fishfarmhaiti.orgPénicaud also brings individuals with her in small groups to visit the project and see first-hand the needs there.

For more information about the raffle or how you can help the people of Haiti, visit www.fishfarmhaiti.org, or contact Pénicaud directly at 508-645-2710 or mmpenicaud@gmail.com

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