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Rotary Bonaire has once again provided financial support for the popular Jong Bonaire Kids Calendar project. President Huub Groot presented a check to Jong Bonaire at the weekly Rotary meeting at Divi Flamingo Resort.

“The Jong Bonaire calendar is a major fundraising project for the youth center and we sincerely appreciate the support of Rotary Bonaire,” said Alan Gross, penningmeester for Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire. “Each year the stichting must raise about 30% of our operating costs, so this project is an important one for us. This donation will cover most of the printing costs so that income from the calendar can go toward programs for the teens.”

Teens on the calendar this year are: Tiffan;y Dirkz, Jorge Alba, Jenuevieve Casper, Jaywind Cicilia, Jenuediene Casper, Milton Frans, Norvellinne Elizabeth, Alexzino Martijn, Sharzy Anthony, Alexander Statie, Jordan de Meyer and Donya Batta.

The calendar makes a great Christmas gift for friends, family and customers and should be very popular with tourists since it shows so many views of the island. The calendar is in the same 30X30 cm (12X12”) format that as before and makes a lovely wall hanging.

The calendars will be available in most local stores or they can be ordered in bulk at a discount by calling Jong Bonaire at 717-4303 ext. 12 or ext. 11 or by e-mail to

This is the third calendar in the series and features 12 members of Jong Bonaire discovering their favorite places on Bonaire. The calendars are being printed now and will be delivered to Bonaire in early September. Shipment to Bonaire has been donated by Rocargo and IFC.

Each year, Jong Bonaire conducts an essay contest among its members and the winners appear on the calendar. For the 2011 calendar the theme is ‘Discovery” and each teen is photographed in one of the places they have discovered on the island.

Photography for the calendar was by Bart & Jacqueline Landheer who also photographed the first two editions. the 2011 calendar photos feature the teens kayaking in the mangroves, windsurfing at Lac Bay, snorkeling at 1,000 Steps and other popular activities and locations that tourists will easily identify with. The first calendar for 2009 had the kids discovering their dreams for the future. In 2010 they discovered their cultural heritage and now they explore their island and learn about its beauty.

Jong Bonaire is the largest after-school program for teens in the Antilles with over 200 members. The program is now in its 11th year and more than 1000 young Bonaireans have participated in the program since 1999. Funding for Jong Bonaire comes from the Island Government, AMFO and fundraisings like this calendar. Each year approximately 1/3 of the budget comes from the Bonairean community.





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