POR LA ISLA DEL COCO
The Forever Costa Rica Association and the Friends of Cocos Island Foundation (FAICO)—in alliance with Televisora de Costa Rica, Grupo Nación and ICE-Kolbi—led the fundraising campaign called All Aboard, whose objective is the purchase of an interceptor boat for the Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area (ACMIC) to strengthen the work on control and surveillance in Cocos Island National Park.
The organizations set a fundraising goal of US$200,000 for acquisition of the boat and creation of a maintenance fund to ensure its functionality in coming years.
During the campaign, various promotional activities were carried out, including development of a gigantic paper boat and a marine painting in 3D.
Also, there was a night tour by bicycle through the city, with collaboration of Chepecletas, and a concert of rock bands at the Hard Rock Café. All of the activities were given extensive coverage by Televisora de Costa Rica and Grupo Nación. Support also came from celebrities who participated in publicity spots encouraging people to donate.
The goal was not only reached, but surpassed: totaling, US$210,848, with US$100,530 coming from individual donations and US$110,318 from private businesses.
Currently, the ACRXS, FAICO and ACMIC are working in collaboration to select the provider to build the boat and officially deliver it in January 2016.
From 2016 to 2017, the boat named Tiburón Martillo began operation in Cocos National Park.
The 2017–2019 work plan guided FCRA and the Friends of Cocos Island Foundation through the transparent execution of the remaining $41,500 in the All Aboard Campaign.
The adverse weather conditions that prevail on the island damaged the Tiburón Martillo. Due to effective fund management, insurance policy money will enable the Cocos Marine Conservation Area to acquire a boat similar to Tiburón Martillo in the next fiscal year.