By Steve Thomas

Observer Nevis Editor

(Charlestown, Nevis) – A one-day trip from the Federation to Montserrat will be held on Monday, May 12, to raise money for the Pink Lilly organization, which fights breast cancer on Nevis.

The outing, which will be on the ship “Sea Hustler,” has been organized by the Returnees National of Nevis group.

The cost for the trip is EC$200, which is non-refundable. Passports will be collected several days before departure, stamped by the proper authorities and returned after the trip.

The Sea Hustler will leave St. Kitts at 5 a.m. and Nevis at 6 a.m.

For more information, phone 667-2157.

Food and drinks will be on sale.

According to the Web site Wikipedia, Montserrat “is a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands. Montserrat was given its name by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, after its namesake located in Catalonia. Montserrat is often referred to as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, due both to its resemblance to coastal Ireland and to the Irish descent of most of its early European settlers.

‘Its Georgian era capital city of Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the island’s population forced to flee abroad by an eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995. The eruption continues today on a much reduced scale, the damage being confined to the areas around Plymouth including its docking facilities and the former W.H. Bramble Airport. An exclusion zone extending from the south coast of the island north to parts of the Belham Valley has been closed because of an increase in the size of the existing volcanic dome. This zone includes St. George’s Hill which provided visitors with a spectacular view of the volcano and the destruction it has wrought upon the capital. A new airport at Gerald’s in the northern part of the island opened in 2005. ‘