Real Auto SXM sponsored a brand-new 2018 Suzuki to raffle amongst the Regatta visitors, supporting the Serious Fundraiser of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, held from March 1 – 4, 2018. Raffle tickets were sold to all Regatta visitors for $ 10 a ticket, with the big drawing taking place right before the Shaggy concert on the closing night of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Organizers are pleased to announce a total of $ 16,860.00 was raised, with the full proceeds going towards multiple charity initiatives on the island.

Rotary Club of St. Maarten and Mid-Isle actively sold many raffle tickets during the 4 days of this international event. A Suzuki Swift, Ciaz and Baleno were on display in the Regatta Village for the week, with the raffle winner having the choice to take home one of these brand-new cars.

Half of the proceeds will go towards the fundraising partners of the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and their projects; K1 Britannia Foundation, the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, the St. Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation and the St. Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation. The other half of the proceeds will partly be used to purchase a Beach Cleaner, which will help the removal of Sargasso seaweed as well as Hurricane debris, litter, etc.

Rotary Club of St. Maarten’s President John Caputo says: “The purchase of a Beach Cleaner has been a longtime dream for us, but we’re well on our way now to make it reality. Thanks to the support of Real Auto and all those who bought a chance to win a Suzuki!”.

The rest of the funds will go towards the Diabetic Foundation to fix their bus and purchase any equipment needed, like needles. Fred van der Peijl of Rotary Club Mid-Isle explains: “Diabetes has been a big issue on the island. While testing the island residents on a regular Saturday morning at the Carrefour, it sometimes turns out that 40 out of the 200 tested, need to seek urgent doctors advice and take pills. This is really worrisome. Many people neglect the symptoms, but for the social welfare of the island it’s very important that people take it seriously and that the disease keeps on being addressed and tested.”

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
39 years strong and it just keeps getting better. Four days of world-class racing with some of the world’s most seasoned sailors, from more than 35 countries, sailing Maxis, Monohulls and Performance Multihulls to holiday-makers on chartered Bareboats and live-aboard families cruising the Caribbean. Crystal clear waters and cooling northeast trade winds give the pristine conditions for spectacular racing just off the coast of St. Maarten. And with Heineken as title sponsor, the racing days blend seamlessly into four nights of exceptional parties. This event is your bucket list must-do! Come and enjoy life in the Caribbean, come for some Serious Fun from February 28 – March 3, 2019!

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