A scene of the fundraiser on Saturday.
PHILIPSBURG–Dominica Foundation St. Maarten (DFS) held a fundraising event at the Fresh Market parking lot on Saturday, October 28, for the high schools that were damaged by Hurricane Irma and pillaged by looters.
Sundial School, St. Dominic High School, St. Maarten Vocational Training School, Charlotte Brookson Academy, St. Maarten Academy and PSVE participated in the fundraising. Announcements were made on local radio stations Laser 101, SOS 95.9, 102.7FM and Island 92 throughout the day encouraging listeners to stop by the parking lot and make a donation to the high school of their choice.
It soon became a friendly competition with the participating schools vying 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.
Charlotte Brookson Academy and St. Maarten Academy had some of their students perform, keeping passers-by and donators entertained. The St. Maarten Vocational Training School ultimately managed to raise the most funds with a total of more than US $7,000.
DFS recently held a Hurricane Relief Drive in aid of the island Dominica which was ravished by Hurricane Maria. After the success with that drive, the Foundation saw it fit to contribute to the island. In a brainstorming session with member Rohan Williams, the idea came to organise a “drive-a-thon.”
The foundation is very happy with the outcome of this event and looks forward to organising more events that will benefit St. Maarten/St. Martin, Dominicans residing in St. Maarten/St. Martin and the Commonwealth of Dominica, according to DFS President Clayton Felix.
Dominica Foundation St Maarten thanked the participating schools, Afoo Food Group for donating use of the parking lot and Abu Gazi Restaurant for the use of its facilities.
Persons interested in joining DFS may contact President Clayton Felix at +1-721-527-6801 or
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70621-dominica-foundation-hosts-high-schools-fundraiser