SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Thursday, September 3rd the COVID-19 Relief Group held a zoom meeting to discuss how to offer some relief to persons in our community who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus. During the meeting, the idea of a radio/telethon was presented and it was accepted by all present. The Group has already received a commitment from PJD2, TV Caribe and several major businesses on Sint Maarten. The date has been set for December 13th 2020. Further details are being worked out.
The initiative to take concrete action to assist residents of Sint Maarten who are suffering from the effects of COVID-19 came from Mr. Julian Rollocks, who is presently the senior political advisor to Parliamentarian Dr. Moses, in Curacao. He was inspired by the words of Jesus who said “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. Consequently, Rollocks reached out to the three main church organizations, the St. Maarten Council of Churches, the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Sint Maarten Ministerial Foundation to assist and they have agreed to do so. These three church organizations, together with Mr. Julian Rollocks and former Pastor Wycliffe Smith make up the COVID-19 Relief Group.
The funds raised from the radio/telethon will be divided equally among the three organizations. They will be asked to manage the funds that they receive and to grant financial assistance to those persons who, due to COVID-19, find themselves in a serious, immediate financial need. The organizations will be requested to submit a monthly financial report of the funds received and spent. This report will be made available to the general public who donated the funds. The report will be printed in the local newspaper so that everyone will be able to see how the money was spent. Of course the names of the recipients of the funds will be kept confidential. Business that make donations will be asked whether they want their names published or whether they wish to make a silent donation.
The general public is asked to support the radio/telethon so that as a community we can extend a helping hand to those in our community who need it most.