PHILIPSBURG:--- Fifteen volunteers from the St. Maarten Tzu Chi Foundation, aged five to 65, braved the hot sun and dedicated a portion of their day on Saturday, October 15, to help transport more than 60 tables and chairs from Tzu Chi's former pilot humanitarian school to All Children’s Education (ACE) Foundation's new location in Cole Bay.
One of the volunteers said when she realized that the effort was for ACE students, she was more than happy to dedicate her time to the volunteer effort.
Tzu Chi congratulates ACE on their new location wishes the school much success in its future endeavors. The foundation also thanked businessman Imran McSood Amjad for stepping up to the plate to offer his property for the school to use.
Tzu Chi Commissioner Sandra Cheung said the foundation is grateful to ACE and its founder Claire Elshot for the opportunity to work together for the education of youngsters in St. Maarten over the past three years, noting that it was regrettable that the foundation was financially unable to continue helping the foundation.
A recent court verdict ordered ACE to vacate a property owned by Tzu Chi by October 3, due to outstanding unpaid rent exceeding US $19,000. The verdict was complied with.
“The Tzu Chi Foundation would like to express our utmost gratitude to NAGICO Chairman Imran McSood Amjad for providing one of his properties in Cole Bay to relocate the ACE School. As the old saying goes, an act of kindness creates a chain reaction of compassion and we hope that Teacher Claire and the ACE Foundation continue their mission for education on the island of St. Maarten.”
Tzu Chi thanked the 15 volunteers for taking time off their busy schedules to help relocate the tables and chairs for the students of ACE school.