SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The largest volunteer event on St. Maarten has received a generous donation from the electronic music festival known as SXM Festival through a partnership that has been in the works for some weeks.
SXM Festival, which made its first debut in 2016, is back for the third time in St. Maarten/Martin. SXM DOET is proud to partner with SXM Festival, whose international organizers have made the island their adopted home, helping to rebuild alongside the community with various donations and initiatives.
The Festival’s contribution of USD $10,000 to the SXM DOET event will directly benefit select organizations who have signed up and registered projects that will be executed by volunteers on March 15th and 16th, the same weekend as SXM Festival.
The SXM DOET Project Management Team, consisting of Fleur Hermanides, Laura Bijnsdorp and Melanie Choisy are excited about the recent partnership with the world renowned music festival. “Besides the funding we receive from the Oranje Fonds each year, this has been our biggest contribution to date since we started in 2015 and are truly thankful for SXM Festival’s support of our event and island community.”
Considering the two events fall on the same weekend in March, festival goers visiting from around the world have the opportunity to volunteer with hands-on projects alongside local non-profits and residents; forging memorable friendships that are sure to make a profound impact on our society as a whole.
“SXM DOET is an amazing initiative. Their actions really do make a difference on the island. We felt an immediate connection to this organization as SXM Festival shares the same spirit of bringing the community together and making the island a better place. With both events taking place on the same weekend, the partnership was meant to be! Looking forward to seeing our international community and the local communities connect and make a change!” says Julian Prince, founder of SXM Festival.
Potential volunteers from near and far are encouraged to sign up to their preferred project(s) on the www.sxmdoet.com website. There are currently 120 projects to choose from for persons of all skill sets and ages.
Some projects for 2019 include: Schools, daycares and afterschool programs that are in need of a new layer of paint, mood-lifting murals, fencing, benches, gardens and more; Playgrounds and sports fields in the various districts that could use your help for much-needed renovations and upgrades; Environmental projects to make recycling bins, clear hiking trails and collect waste for upcycling purposes; Social organizations that need volunteers to chaperone and support vulnerable groups such as foster children, the elderly and differently-abled persons….and so much more!