GoFundMe Campaign Aims To Raise Funds For Unpaid Bahamian Laborers Involved In Fyre Festival

Written by on January 31, 2019

Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Great Exuma., Bahamas (4E) – Following the release of Netflix’s documentary ‘FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened’, there was an outpour of support for the local Bahamian workers who toiled day and night in the days leading to the event but were left unpaid.

A new GoFundMe page was opened in an attempt to raise $400,000 for the day laborers and other workers who did not receive any compensation, Insider reports. The campaign is back by event planner Andy King, who said he’s using the new media attention brought by the documentary to pay back the workers in the Bahamas.

In a video released by Netflix on its Twitter account, King said that one of their goals is to pay back everyone involved with the work in the Bahamas. They initially started with a GoFundMe for Maryann Rolle, who was the caterer for the event.

Rolle, the owner of Exuma Point Bar and Grille in the Bahamas, said in the documentary that she cooked day and night for the attendees and workers of the Fyre Festival and did not receive any pay. She also said that she invested a huge portion of her savings to provide meals for the disastrous event.

The GoFundMe page dedicated to her raised $200,000 in 11 days and the donations keep coming in.

According to CBS News, she has received more than $100,000 of what the organizers owes her and plans on distributing it among thousands of other local workers who were left unpaid.

“People from all over the Bahamas are asking for help and I am willing to help people because that is my life — helping people,” Rolle told CBS Money Watch.

The new GoFundMe now aims to pay back all the laborers and everyone else that was “involved with Fyre down in the Bahamas.” The page lists The Exuma Foundation, a certified charity as per GoFundMe, as its beneficiary.

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