PHILISPBURG, Sint Maarten – Rotary clubs in our zone 34 were asked to engage in a hunger project and ‘Rise Against Hunger’ in or around Valentine’s day in their communities. Each Club was asked to decide for itself how it wanted to participate. It could be something as simple as donating money to an established hunger program, to organizing a full-fledged meal event as a club service project.
Rise Against Hunger is first and foremost an effort to put food on an empty plate, to fill an empty stomach, to bring a ray of hope to the hungry. It is also a chance for Rotary to show thousands of communities throughout our Zone what Rotarians can do when we are inspired to Rise Against Hunger.
The members of The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle donated their fines collected in February to this project. The club decided to give a breakfast and a lunch to children in the community.
Mid Isle purchased from the Happy Bookers fundraising Breakfast event, breakfast for the children at Player Development. The breakfast consisted of fruit, salad, johnny cakes, fish cakes and eggs. The Happy Bookers also sent brownie cupcakes for the children to enjoy. The Happy Bookers were fundraising to support the libraries on both sides of the island that were damaged by Hurricane Irma.
In partnership with Pineapple Pete, Mid Isle planned a lunch at Pineapple for the children from the I Can Foundation Home. The children enjoyed a special menu which included ice cream. They also enjoyed doing a coloring and activity work sheet while waiting for lunch. A big thank you goes out to Pineapple Pete for sponsoring the lunch.
Due to the lunch being sponsored the remaining funds were used to purchase food items for the Community Outreach Mentorship and Empowerment Centre (COME). After the passing of Hurricane Irma, the COME Center embarked on a project to provide a hot breakfast and lunch for those persons in our community who were in need of a hot meal on a daily basis. They currently feed approximately 75 per day.
The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meets Tuesdays at 7pm at Pineapple Pete in Simpson Bay. For more information please contact email@example.com or visit our face book page Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle.