The St. Maarten Regatta organized the 4th Annual Beach Clean-up which took place last Saturday, January 9th 2016. Students and local organizations worked together collecting garbage littering Kim Sha Beach. Participants came from LAB Sports Academy, Scouting Antiano, the K1 Britannia Foundation, Learning Unlimited, St. Maarten Christian Party and the St. Maarten Academy PSVE. Over fifty-five volunteers participated, pleasing organizers with approximately 200 kilos in 40 bags of garbage collected.
After a short introduction by Tadzio Bervoets (St. Maarten Nature Foundation), every participant received a trash bag and gloves to begin the cleanup. This year, there was extra incentive; the group which had the heaviest bag of trash would be given a ‘Swing Into Sunset’ Cruise sponsored by Random Wind. The competition ended with a tie, both LAB Sports Academy and Antiano Scouting collected trash bags weighing twenty-five pounds each. Both groups took the sunset cruise awarded by Diane Smith from Random Wind.
Concluding the event, the participants enjoyed fruit sponsored by le Grand Marche, Fiji Water and Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water sponsored by ILTT. The morning continued with a variety of fun sports activities including hula hoops, ski walking, Bocci ball, Frisbee and beach soccer, organized by Les Brown from LAB Sports Academy.
“By the looks on their faces, I could tell they were enjoying their beach time,” said Fleur Visser, coordinator of this year’s Beach Clean-Up. “The annual Beach Clean-up is a way the Sint Maarten Regatta Foundation can give back to the island. I’d like to thank everyone again for contributing to the event. I felt we made incredible progress; it was a wonderful morning!”
St. Maarten Regatta
For 36 years, the St. Maarten Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.
For full information on the St. Maarten Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.
St. Maarten Regatta Office
The Sint Maarten Yacht Club
Welfare Road 90, Simpson Bay