Sunset Sail raises funds for abandoned animals

Sunset Sail raises funds for abandoned animals

The second Annual World Stray Animal Day Sunset Sail, an initiative of Aqua Mania Adventures, saw a remarkable turnout on Saturday evening, with the boat brimming with more than 70 passionate supporters. Together they raised US $3,500 for animal welfare.

Enthusiasts from all walks of life embraced the opportunity to aid local animal welfare organisations such as St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation, SXM Paws, and Animal Defenders. Attendees not only purchased tickets for the Sunset Sail, but also showcased their generosity through donations of pet food, participation in raffles and engaging in various fundraising activities throughout the event.

Michele Korteweg, one of the event’s organisers, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support, emphasising the significant impact these contributions will have on St. Maarten's stray animals. “The outpouring of support from our community is truly heartening,” Korteweg said. “These funds will go a long way in supporting the tireless efforts of local animal welfare organizations.”

The Sunset Sail, an enchanting 90-minute coastal voyage against the backdrop of a Caribbean sunset, offered participants an unforgettable experience complete with an open bar and delectable snacks. Prior to embarkation, attendees enjoyed a mixer featuring the foundations’ informational booths, sponsored refreshments courtesy of Tito’s Vodka & CC1, and mouth-watering treats provided by Zee Best Bakeshop and Domino’s Pizza.

The event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of local businesses that donated prizes for the raffle. Belair Beach Resort, Island 92, Dinghy Dock, CC1, Prime, Pyratz Gourmet Cruises, Scuba Shop, West Indies Lifestyle Jewelry, Amsterdam Cheese & Wine Shop, Tracy’s Bottles, and SXM Beer all played a pivotal role in the fundraiser’s success.

Korteweg thanked sponsors, volunteers and attendees for their unwavering support, emphasising the tangible difference their contributions will make in the lives of St. Maarten’s animals.

Beyond fundraising, the event served as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering to curb the plight of stray animals. Attendees were encouraged to further support ongoing efforts by reporting animal abuse, volunteering with local organisations, and providing essential supplies and funds.

The upcoming spay and neuter campaign organised by SXM Paws and 4 Leaf Rover, scheduled for May 6-10, underscores the ongoing commitment to animal welfare.

Plans are already underway for next year’s World Stray Animal Day Sunset Sail, promising to surpass the success of this year’s event and continue making a positive impact on the lives of animals in need.

The Daily Herald

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