Sunday, September 20, 2020

Wycliffe SmithThe COVID-19 Relief Group is looking for volunteers to help with organizing and executing the radio/telethon fundraising drive scheduled for Sunday, December 13th, 2020. Volunteers can assist with writing, translating, voicing and distributing promotional material. etc. They can also assist with preparing regular and infographic material as well as managing social media in relation to the fundraising drive.

The volunteers will not receive any kind of financial compensation for their service. It will all be pro-Deo. So the organizers are looking for people of goodwill who want to do something to help their brothers and sisters who are hurting because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 Relief Group is comprised of Julian Rollocks, Wycliffe Smith, the St Martin Christian Council (SMCC), the Seventh Day Adventists Churches (SDA) and the St Martin United Ministerial Foundation (SMUMF). The motive of the Group has been inspired by the words of Christ “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.

The COVID-19 Fundraising Drive is an effort by Mr. Julian Rollocks together with the local umbrella Church organizations to raise funds that would go towards helping residents on Sint Maarten who have been impacted in some way by the coronavirus pandemic. Many persons are surviving off a partial income or have lost their source of income completely. They may not be able to pay GEBE or a medical bill. Some parents are even unable to pay the internet for their children to follow online schooling which is mandatory. Such persons, for example, can apply to the COVID-19 Relief Fund for help.

All the money that is raised during the radio/telethon will be divided among the three church organizations namely the SMCC, SDA Churches and the SMUMF. These organizations will then disburse the funds based on requests from persons or families who can prove that their need for financial assistance relates to the blow dealt with them by COVID-19.

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