On Monday January 31st the Rotary Club of St. Maarten made the much anticipated donation to the St. Maarten Medical Center of USD 40.000 towards the purchase of two incubators. Director of the SMMC Dr. George Scot was on hand to receive the contribution to which he responded: "This is the perfect gift". Perfect, not only because the incubators are much needed, but because one of the incubators is specifically designed for transporting babies and the only cost the hospital will have is to maintain it.
This is particularly important for the patients as they will not have to pay any additional charges for using the "travel" incubator considering there is no tariff structure in place for the use of this specific equipment.While many members of the St. Maarten Rotary Club were involved in this project, special appreciation must be given to Sir Bobby Velasquez for organizing the special fundraising luncheon on board of the Oasis of the Seas last year March. The Rotary Club would like to express its appreciation to Royal Caribbean International (RCI) for the generosity demonstrated as without RCI this would not have been possible. The captain and crew sacrificed their day off and helped to serve lunch to all 150 guests. In addition, guests to the fundraiser were treated to a tour of the ship. Members of the club who were instrumental in coordinating the event on the cruise line were Pierre Decelles, Rebecca Low and Danny Ramchandani.
Present at the SMMC representing the St. Maarten Rotary Club: President Kishore Idnani, Secretary Rebecca Low, Past president Pierre Decelles, Directors: Fundraising Bobby Velasquez, Community Service Maria Buncamper-Molanus, Rotarians Danny Ramchandani and Dr. Arthur Douglas.
The next fundraiser is scheduled to take place on April 21st 2011 aboard the Allure of the Seas, an event which should not be missed. Once again the Rotary Club of St. Maarten and Royal Caribbean are teaming up to for the benefit of St. Maarten. Details of the event and the projects for which the funds will be raised, will be published leading up to this spectacular fundraiser.