I would like to commend our students in Holland who are getting involved in other non-curriculum activities to help the communities that they are currently apart of, but also still contributing in one way or the other to the development of organizations and institutions on the island.
I believe that it is very important for our students studying abroad to get involved in different community-oriented organizations and causes as it contributes to their overall social development as a young person and at the same time they get experience in the non-governmental field.
Stichting USC has partnered with fitness movement Team Don’t Quit, a group of Sint Maarteners to launch "Run For A Cause."
The groups have observed the popularity of outdoor fitness challenges and have decided to participate in the Strong Viking Run, in Wijchen on June 8 in the Netherlands.
The funds raised from this event by the Sint Maarten groups will be split equally between the St. Maarten Medical Center Children’s Ward and the Beatrix Kinderkliniek at UMC Groningin, and will be used for toys and books.
According to information that I read, persons in Sint Maarten can also donate towards the cause and can do so by making a direct deposit to RBC account 40352226 US$.
Exercise, sports, community and volunteer work embraced by these students and other participants in this great project shows once more as Albert Schweitzer famously stated, "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."
I commend the Sint Maarten students and young adults on their initiatives and encourage them to continue, and I also wish them much success with the Run For A Cause.
Drs. Gracita Arrindell
United People’s (UP) Party
Member of Parliament