Read more about our HFL friends on St John who were caught in the crosshairs of Hurricane Irma.
Chirag ‘Cheech’ Vyas and Kevin Chipman, two young entrepreneurs living in St John but not quite making ends meet yet, donated all of the beer and soda for ‘One Magical Evening’, our first HFL fundraising event on St John USVI. And that should tell you all you need to know about Cheech and Kevin, but there's more…
UVM college roommates, Cheech went on to work for NASA in the space program and Kevin worked as a physical therapist in an acute care Boston hospital. Anxious to forge their own way while still young and unencumbered, they bought one-way tickets to St John. They struggled to find their niche but their friendly, helpful manner brought them numerous friends, HFL among them. They encountered endless speed bumps along the way but journeyed from serving beer to brewing beer to owning The Tap Room and creating St John Brewers VI. Their story is inspiring http://www.stjohnbrewers.com
After 10+ years of providing assistance to others, Kevin and Cheech are in need of assistance themselves. With the roof blown off their St John house and possessions gone, their business, The Tap Room and their distributing company, St John Brewers, remain…. we think. However, without tourism or electricity their busy hands are tied. Communication to and from the island is shaky and we have yet to connect with them personally. We do know that the island is devastated and that professionals are currently working to re-establish basic services.
Kevin and Cheech arrived in the states this week but are hoping to return to the island within the month. Once electricity has been restored they will reopen The Tap Room and continue to assist remaining residents and relief workers.
Log onto their website http://www.stjohnbrewers.com and send a message asking how you might help them. Tell them their Hope for Limpopo friends sent you.
“Thank You!” for reaching out.
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