TelEm Group main sponsor for Lion’s annual Health & Wellness Fair, Saturday

TelEm Group is taking its corporate citizenship in the direction for community health by becoming the main sponsor for Saturday’s annual Lions Health & Wellness Fair.

The company is sponsoring T-shirts for participants along with a cash donation to support the event – which Lion’s president Mr. Claudio Buncamper says is continuing to grow each year.


During a short presentation and information session at TelEm Group’s main building on Pond Island, Tuesday, members of the Lion’s Club officially thanked TelEm Group for the company’s support of such an important community project.

According to the Lions President, the service club has approached several companies for corporate sponsorship of a number of important ongoing projects of the magnitude of the annual Health & Wellness Fair.

"TelEm Group has contributed towards the Health & Wellness Fair for many years. We are very pleased that the company has come on board with us in this way and we do hope they will continue to support health awareness in the coming years," said Mr. Buncamper.

TelEm Group’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Mr. Brian Mingo, said TelEm Group is happy to take the extra step in its corporate responsibility by supporting a project from which everyone in the St. Maarten community can benefit.

"The tests are completely free and we would encourage staff and everyone in the community to make use of the various experts who will be available to attend to them," said Mr. Mingo.

The Lions Health and Wellness Fair, is this year being re-named the Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair as a tribute to the late Lion member and former Chairman of the TelEm Group Supervisory Board of Directors, Mr. Rudy Hoeve.

" The event continues to grow each year with a record number of 38 booths and participants registered for Saturday," said Health & Wellness Fair project coordinator, Wally Havertong. He said last year there were 24 booths registered.

This year, the event will be welcoming a number of new participants along with the annual regulars who come out to monitor and report on the nation’s health.

Listed amongst the new participants are: A company that monitors seniors living alone; a Holistic therapist; A new Heart & Stork Foundation; A Cervical Cancer awareness foundation; a footcare specialist and a natural health alkaline center.

"The SZV will be back and this year they will be talking all about pensions and new regulations that are being passed concerning pensions for residents," said the popular lion member.

"There is something for everyone, including the senior citizens, the youth, women and men, who we are especially encouraging to come out and check on their health," continued Mr. Havertong.

Special considerations are being made this year to accommodate seniors in a specially set up tent so that they do not have to wait in long lines, and also a supervised play area for children who can have some fun while their parents or guardians are taking any of the number of tests available.

"Once again we are very pleased to announce that all the tests and visits on the day will be completely FREE of charge. The only thing visitors to the Health & Wellness Fair will have to be pay for is any of the delicious food they may wish to partake in on the day," continued Mr. Havertong.

He said by all accounts, and based on the media promotion leading up to Saturday’s event, organizers are expecting another record turnout to the Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair.

The event gets under way at 9:00 am in the morning and will continue all day until 4:00 pm.

The Lions and participants at the upcoming Health & Wellness Fair will be meeting for the final time before Saturday’s event at the Festival Village starting at 2:00 pm Wednesday for the final countdown.