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The first beach cleanup organized by the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and Nature Foundation, as part of the Regatta Art Competition, is a fact. Sixty children of different schools came to Kim Sha beach last Saturday to be part of the beach cleanup. The amount of garbage that was collected was an unexpected 250 kilos and a bigger truck was needed in order to take it all off the beach.
 
 
 
 
Tadzio Bervoets, from the Nature Foundation, was present during the Beach Cleanup last Saturday and pleasantly surprised by the amount of garbage the students had collected. 'For every beach cleanup we weigh the garbage but when I saw the amount of garbage it didn't fit on my scale. The total amount I weigh on site was 250 kilo with the heaviest part of 80 kilos! An excellent job', said Tadzio. This event was another successful cooperation between the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and Nature Foundation.
 
The participating children were students from different schools on St. Maarten, the St. Dominic High School, CIA and Learning Unlimited. By being part of this beach cleanup, not only did they fulfill community service hours, but also got the opportunity to win a great prize; a sunset cruise with Random Wind. The children got very competitive as the different teams saw their opponent's garbage pile grow fast. It resulted in having two big piles from the two biggest groups attending; CIA and St. Dominic High School.
 
Diane Morano Smith from Random Wind, who sponsored the 1st prize, was delighted to see the kids cleaning up the beach: 'it is so great to have local people together on land doing a beach cleanup and I am very happy to sponsor this to keep our beautiful island clean.' Because Diane was so impressed by the attendance and commitment of the children, she decided that all the 60 participating students received a ticket for the trip with Random Wind. Instead of sponsoring one trip, Random Wind will organize 3 sunset trips for all the students from CIA, St. Dominics and Learning Unlimited that participated last Saturday.
 
The Beach Cleanup was a class assignment that is part of the Regatta Art Competition, an art competition on St. Maarten for children from 4- 18 years old. This competition is organized by the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta to create awareness amongst the youth of St. Maarten and educate them about the impact of the Regatta on the island. All children from 4 till 18 years old can participate in the Regatta Art Competition. The deadline to hand in artwork is the 28th of January for the primary schools and the 29th of January for the secondary schools. An information package can be collected at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, or via regatta@heinekenregatta.com
 
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