Prime Minister Joins in Leading Hike into St. Maarten’s Hillsides

The Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Sarah Wescot-Williams, as part of her U 2 Can Move Fitness Campaign joined the staff from Hillside Adventures in leading a large group on an early morning hike on Saturday. Some forty participants, including representatives from various community groups and environmental organizations, joined the PM in hiking from South Reward to the Colombier Border. Participants were given information on the local flora and fauna that can be found in some of the last unspoiled areas on St. Maarten. Historical information was also given regarding the slave walls and other elements regarding history and heritage.


Aside from the environmental and heritage component of the hike, participants were also given stretching courses by Zumba instructor Patty Carty and were treated to a traditional breakfast of Bush Tea and Johnny Cakes. Those interested were also given information regarding the planting of herbs in their own gardens and the health benefits associated with using natural herbs both as medicine and in day-to-day life.

"I am happy with the turnout and with the interest shown by the participants from the community. It is good to be able to show a different, more tranquil and natural side of St. Maarten, but a part of St. Maarten that makes this island unique. I thank all of the participants for coming out and I am sure they were able to benefit from the information that we have all received," commented the Prime Minister.