Friday, August 16, 2013

An adventure with the Jolly Pirates

Aruba Bound
Together with our national Telecom firm Setar a fundraising event has been organized benefitting the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Because of lack of space a new and larger sanctuary needs to be built to accommodate the ever-growing number of donkeys, now almost 140. At this time the donkeys find their homes at various locations, even in a private garden. A lot of money is needed to bring all the donkeys together in one location at Bringamosa. The Dutch foundation Dierenlot’s substantial donation has been enough for the start of building the first necessities such as the containers for fodder, water containers, storage and fences. But a lot more money is needed for stables, a shop and a visitor center.

The Aruban government and the trade and industry are aware of the importance of a donkey sanctuary. Letting the donkeys roam wild is not an option because they create dangerous situations for our traffic and for themselves. The Aruban Donkey Sanctuary has become a great tourist attraction; visitors come to the sanctuary in droves, on their own or via tour operators such as the Palm Tours.

The fundraising event is very simple: if you are a Setar client you can sms the word BURICO (Papiamento for donkey) to number 250. The price of such an sms is AWG. 3,-- [$1.68 USD] and the total amount will go to the donkeys. With this sms you are in the running to win spectacular prizes and every week there are new prizes to be won. The event will run until October 4, Animal Day. And of course, the more sms-es you send, the more chances to win one of the weekly prizes.

This week the grand prize is an adventurous sailing trip on the Jolly Pirates boat, where one glides across the water on the way to three gripping snorkeling sites. On one of these sites one can go the underwater world surrounding a sunken merchant ship that went down during World War II. During the trip the drinks and BBQ are free of charge for the winners. And of course one can go rope-swinging to one’s heart’s content, hereby perfectly combining fun and adventure.

The Jolly Pirate boat is donating the trip because they feel close to all the animals and marine life on and around the island. They know that sheltering the donkeys is a good thing for Aruba.

Feel joined to the Pirates of the Caribbean when one sets sail on its adventurous course.

So please start sms-ing the word BURICO to number 250 and you may win, while supporting the Aruban Donkey Foundation. The more times you sms, the more chances you have to win and support one of the very nice attractions on the island.

Any day of the week you can help support Aruba's donkeys and the volunteers who care for them. You only need to pay AWG. 30,-- [$16.76 USD] per month for the donkey’s keep. With this amount you help support the sanctuary as well as your own donkey. And you will receive a beautiful certificate and a super T-shirt and your name and photo will be posted on our website. So please call the sanctuary at 593-2933; you can also register via the website or donate money on bank account number 40.03.025 at the Aruba Bank! Just do it! Would you like to follow the donkeys on Facebook: surf to Donkey Sanctuary Aruba.