Nature Foundation St. Maarten and the St. Martin Réserve Naturelle were delighted to each receive a much needed donation from Heineken St. Maarten before Christmas to put toward their conservation programmes on both sides of the island.
The funds were raised through the sale of black ‘St. Maarten Heineken Regatta’ bracelets during the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2008. “During the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, we want to raise the exposure concerning the importance of keeping our island and its waters clean,” said Heineken St. Maarten Managing Director John Leone. “We started with the green “Meet You There” bracelets which we donated in 2006 and followed up with ‘Serious “Clean” Fun’ bracelets in 2007. Through the sales of these bracelets we were able to donate a total of $6000. This year we contributed the black ‘St. Maarten Heineken Regatta’ bracelets. We are very happy that we were able to generate $4400 to share between the two foundations.”
“We are extremely grateful for this contribution,” said Beverly Mae Nisbeth of the Nature Foundation. “The Foundation is funded purely through grants and fund raising efforts. A donation like this makes a significant difference to the work we do. The natural environment is one of St. Maarten’s most important resources – clean beaches, healthy seas and green hills are the reason why many of our visitors come here every year.”
When asked what Nature Foundation would spend their money on, Ms. Nisbeth replied, “Staff training and mooring maintenance. Nature Foundation is proud to partner with corporations like Heineken and is incredibly thankful for having Heineken St. Maarten NV as a positive working partner. We hope this continues into the future and that other companies on St. Maarten will follow Heineken’s example and help conserve St. Maarten’s environment.”
The Foundations and Heineken St. Maarten also thank the Shipwreck Shop and the St. Maarten Yacht Club for merchandising these items and individual volunteers for their efforts in selling these items during the St Maarten Heineken Regatta.
New bracelets for the 2009 St Maarten Heineken Regatta will be on sale soon, and the 2007 and 2008 bracelets are still available from the Nature Foundation offices and Heineken St. Maarten.
About The Nature Foundation and Réserve Naturelle
The Foundation is a non-governmental/non-profit organization concerned with the natural resources the island has to offer. The Nature Foundation’s staff currently consists of a director, a Marine Park manager and an assistant Marine Park manager. A Board consisting of five members supports the staff. The office is at the Great Bay Marina and the Marine Park’s patrol-boat is docked there. [email protected]. The French Side organization can be contacted at [email protected]