Proceeds go to breast cancer awareness: Pink Sunset Sail attracts 150 generous participants

POSTED: 10/5/15 1:43 PM


Pink sunset sailParticipants get instructions before they get on board. Photo contributed

 St. Maarten – The Pink Sunset Sail, organized by Aqua Mania Adventures to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month raised more than $2,500. The money was donated to the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations in support of breast cancer awareness. This was made possible by the generous donations of all 150 guests, who bought many raffle tickets to have a chance of winning fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. Aqua Mania Adventures added to the amount by donating proceeds of the Pink Sunset Sail tickets to both foundations.

Upon arrival at Aqua Mania Adventures guests received a unique Pink T-shirt to get them in the spirit of the event. After a warm welcome on the dock to all 150 guests, where the General Manager of Aqua Mania Adventures thanked everyone for supporting the event, people were ready to board Lambada and Tango, the 65’ sailing catamarans that were made available for the event.

“The gathering of all the guests in their pink shirts was very impressive to witness. It was particularly wonderful to watch the mixture of our guests consisting out of island visitors and residents, everyone wanted to show their support. We can’t thank our guests enough for making such an incredible contribution to this important cause,” said Michele Korteweg of Aqua Mania Adventures.
Once on board radio celebrities Soc and Elektra informed the guests of how early detection can save lives, and the importance of supporting the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations in this cause as they fund the free screenings that are available on island the whole month of October. “The event was organized to raise awareness for a disease that affects so many of us, directly or indirectly. However, the goal was for everyone to have a wonderful evening out on the water by enjoying a beautiful coastal sunset sail. This informal setting would make people feel comfortable to openly converse about breast cancer, their personal experiences or to offer comfort. And indeed these types of conversations took place, but mainly the evening was filled with smiling faces,” Korteweg said.

People enjoyed a stunning sunset, pink mimosas, snacks and music while cruising the stunning coastline of St. Maarten. The highlight of the evening was the raffle, made possible by donations from many local businesses. Lucky winners won hotel stays at the Simpson Bay Resort, Divi Little Bay Resort, Summit Resort and the Westin. Also many guests went home with a variety of gift certificates from restaurants, like Pineapple Petes, Sushiitto, Temptation, Bamboo Bernies, SkipJacks, Sint Maarten Yacht Club Restaurant & Bar, Bistro Caraibes, Ocean Lounge and Karakter. There were also some jewelry items from Splash Jewelers and Caribbean Gems, a massage from Good Life Spa, a half day sail on Sail la Vie from the St. Maarten Sailing School, bicycle tours with TriSport, gift vouchers for Grand Marche, Domino’s and the Simpson Bay Pharmacy, goody bags from Island Water World, electronics from Keijzer Computer Systems and a smart phone and headphones from UTS. There were also some remarkable donations, like the Moet & Chadon rose champagne, a personal donation from employees working at Caribbean Liquors & Tobacco and the printing of posters by the Mailbox.

“We are proud to have been able to raise awareness and an outstanding amount of funding, however Aqua Mania Adventures is most proud of having been able to bring our entire community together with the Pink Sunset Sail. Between the support of individuals and companies, we were slightly overwhelmed with the positive response. It looks as if this will become an annual event and our goal for next year will be to cooperate with other charter boat companies to make the event bigger and raise even more awareness that way.”

The Positive and Elektralyets Foundations have a full calendar of events to raise awareness for breast cancer for the month of October. In addition, there are free screenings at locations all over the island during the month. Early detection can save lives, therefore it is important to go to a clinic for a yearly screening and do regular self-examinations.

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