K1 representative with Jacob Brown.

 PHILIPSBURG--K1 Britannia Foundation recently received a donation of sports equipment from a New Jersey family currently visiting St. Maarten. The Brown family has been coming to St. Maarten for more than 43 years and wanted to help the island after hearing about Hurricane Irma damaging most of the island.

  Jacob Brown (13) initiated the fundraising idea and sought to find ways to send aid to children in need on the island. Through Marvio Cook’s recommendation to the family about K1, the Browns created an Amazon wish list and collected more than 60 pieces of sports equipment in four months. The family travelled with two large suitcases filled with the equipment and stopped by the K1 office to donate the sports gear, which included baseball gloves, nets, basketballs, soccer balls and many more.

  Explaining the idea of the donation, Jacob stated, “I wanted to collect sports equipment because I have been coming to St. Maarten for 13 years. I thought I owed it to the island to give something back after Hurricane Irma’s devastation. I realised buildings were going to be rebuilt, but I was concerned of the kids’ welfare. I wanted to give something so they could have a chance to be kids again. I chose K1 Britannia after hearing of the good work they had been doing on the island.”

  “We are truly touched by Jacob’s efforts in wanting to contribute to St. Maarten. He is an example to follow, and K1 is privileged to have been able to collaborate with and get to know such kind-hearted persons,” stated K1 Communications Manager Tanvi Goklani.

  K1 Britannia Foundation will give these sport items to foster children, children in afternoon programmes such as Player Development SXM, and sport organisations.

  “Since the passing of Hurricane Irma in 2017, K1 has seen the generosity and love from international individuals, families and organisations who have organised various forms of fundraisings for funds as well as school supplies and now sports equipment for K1 and the St. Maarten community.

  ‘’We are grateful and appreciative of the role the international community has played in helping St. Maarten bounce back after Irma,” said K1 Britannia Foundation Programme Manager Chiaira Bowers on Friday.

  To donate or learn how to get involved, contact the foundation via email at

[email protected] , call +1-721-553-8186 or +1-721-543-3332, or visit

www.facebook.com/k1sxm or

www.k1britanniafoundation.org