PHILIPSBURG:— The Dominica Foundation St. Maarten (DFS) held a Fundraising event for the high schools that were damaged by Hurricane Irma and pillaged by looters. The fundraising event was held on October 28, 2017 at the Fresh Market parking lot; Sundial School, St. Dominic High School, St. Maarten Vocational Training School, Charlotte Brookson Academy, St. Maarten Academy and P.S.V.E. participated in the fundraising. Announcements were made on local radio stations Laser 101, SOS 95.9, 102.7 FM and Island 92 throughout the day where the listeners were encouraged to stop by the parking lot and make a donation to the high school of their choice. It soon became a friendly competition where the participating schools vied to raise the most funds. Stands were set up with school paraphernalia and schools raised additional funds by selling baked goods, arts and crafts while diligently imploring their Alumni friends and supporters to donate. The Charlotte Brookson Academy and St. Maarten Academy had some of their students perform, keeping passer-by and donators entertained. The St. Maarten Vocational Training School ultimately managed to raise the most funds with a total over $7000.00.
The DFS recently held a Hurricane Relief Drive in aid of the island Dominica which was ravished by Hurricane Maria, after the success we had with the Drive we saw it fit to contribute to our island of residence as well. In a brainstorming session one of our members, Rohan Williams came with the idea to organize our own twist on a “drive-a-thon”. We as the foundation are very happy with the outcome of this event and looks forward to organizing more events that will benefit St. Maarten/St. Martin, Dominicans residing on St. Maarten/St. Martin and the Commonwealth of Dominica, stated DFS President Clayton Felix.
The Dominica Foundation St Maarten wishes to thank the participating schools, the Afoo Food Group for donating the parking lot and Abu Gazi Restaurant for the use of their facilities.
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DFS Press Release