Cape Town’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), received a donation of R20 million from Canadian woman and philanthropist Donna Nicholas.
Nicholas left the amount in her will to help the institute continue with the work it is doing.
According to the NSRI Nicholas was the Vice President of American Eagle Airlines (East Coast), Vice President of the Orr Felt Company, Piqua, Ohio (subsequently President and Chairman until 2003) and President of South African Felt Industries, Cape Town, South Africa.
She was introduced to the NSRI during one of the Rotary Wine Auctions in aid of the institute.
Nicholas had become involved in its work and was a supporter of the institute over the years.
Nicholas sadly passed away on the 15th of April 2014 but included a bequest to the NSRI in her Will, which substantially funded the new Offshore Rescue Craft for Station 10 Simon’s Town.
The NSRI named the search and rescue vessel, the Donna Nicholas in her honour.
The Donna Nicholas began her maiden voyage in Simon’s Town last Saturday.