During the last week of October, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) was invited to a special meeting to be held at Harbour Village Resort. This important sea turtle conservation organization was not given any idea of why their presence was being requested, but away they went to the meeting.
They were pleasantly surprised to see Felipe Saelmans and his family. Felipe, just 12 years old, was well known to STCB as he was the top fundraiser in the WWF-NL Junior Ranger program last year. His personal efforts assisted STCB with the purchase of their new boat, used for field work and checking turtle nests on Klein Bonaire. For his efforts, Felipe and his family received a trip to Bonaire and he participated first-hand in a number of conservation activities while he was here.
Bonaire and its nature-oriented mindset must have made a lasting impression on this young man. After his visit to Bonaire, he returned back to his home in Europe, and he decided to raise additional monies on his own. For that purpose, he founded a non-profit organization called Sea & Land Wonders Dutch Caribbean, with a stated mission to support conservation work in the Dutch Caribbean.
Felipe surely is a special individual, as, on a second visit to Bonaire with his family, he presented STCB with a gift of €6,500. He did this by selling roses at school!
What a great story, and Felipe is truly an inspiration for everyone. (Source: STCB)