At a time when negative financial news is making headlines worldwide, cruisers and shore-based expats worked together in Zihuatanejo last week to garner roughly $45,000, which will aid local schools for underprivileged children. The annual event that facilitates this outpouring of goodwill is called Zihua Sailfest.
Unlike a typical regatta, every element of Z-Fest’s week-long schedule of fun-filled events has a fundraising component. The funds are distributed by the nonprofit Por Los Niños organization (which extracts zero administrative costs) to about 20 schools in the hills surrounding the city, most of which are attended by indigenous children who would have little chance of an education otherwise. Read more about Z-Fest in the March edition of Latitude 38.