Thursday, November 7, 2013

Join the Jolly Pirates’ “Save the Reefs” efforts

Kids learn first hand how we each can make a difference

Aruba Bound

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA October 13th, 2013– The underwater playground of Aruba’s reefs are a joy to visitors and considered a treasure to the local population, but it also represents home and breeding sites for reef fish as well as an important part of the overall marine ecosystem. Education continues to play a key role in helping to protect and preserve both Aruba’s marine life and reefs, and Jolly Pirates are helping to head that cause with its own “Save the Reefs” Bracelet Program. Funds generated from the program recently went to sponsor school kids attendance in classes on water safety, fish identification and responsible sailing and snorkeling.

Harald Buser, who operates the Jolly Pirates excursions for more than sixteen years explains, “it’s time to devote myself to this worthy cause – To raise more awareness for healthy coral reefs in Aruba Carla Cavallaro, of the Jolly Pirates designed a trio of bracelets which their snorkel and sunset sail guests are offered in exchange for a small donation. All funds raised go into educational programs and protection efforts to preserve Aruba’s spectacular underwater landscapes of coral reefs.”

The majority of children who benefitted from the recent program happen to share an affinity with the sea as second and third generation kids of families involved in water sports. After participating in an essay contest, the kids enjoyed instruction from Canicio Van Der Biezen, and then practiced their newly-learned skills on a sail aboard the Jolly Pirates. The program was a success through the generous contributions of many individuals, including schoolteachers, boat captains, master divers and rescue workers, as well as each person who chose to donate through Jolly Pirates’ Bracelet Program.
“Giving back to Aruba is easy when you consider all that the island has given me,” comments Carla, who watches her own son Tyler grow up with a love of the sea. “We’ve been blessed to find home, happiness and business success in Aruba, and it only makes sense that to do our part in ensuring we help protect the island’s treasured marine environment for the next generation. It will be these kids who eventually take the reins in helping to realize a marine park for Aruba.”
In exchange for a donation of $15.00, visitors to the Jolly Pirates gift shop at MooMba Beach receive an attractive bracelet trio. Each dollar — 100% of the donation — is given to the Marine Park Foundation for the Save the Reefs Programs. While guests can feel good about contributing to valuable education efforts, they can also use the bracelets as a special gift or as an Aruba souvenir.

A special thank you goes to everyone who made a donation and wears the Jolly Pirates Awareness Bracelets! Each person who purchases the bracelets can feel good knowing that donations are being used well!

To become a member of either the Aruba Heritage Museum Foundation or the Aruba Marine Park Foundation or participate in their projects, call: (297)736-2273, or visit the Aruba Marine Park Foundation face book page or email them at and or

Story Courtesy of Aruba Daily