During my time at Sail Caribbean, I was inspired by the culture and the bond of the locals. I loved when we got to hangout with the local kids or do community service that helped them. When the hurricanes hit the islands, I knew that those families needed help. It made me really sad that I couldn’t contact the families and kids I had met to see if they were okay, but this motivated me even more to help them.
I had been making bracelets for my friends and they all loved wearing them to school. I had learned how to make these bracelets at Sail Caribbean, and since my friends loved them so much, I decided to sell them to raise money for hurricane relief. Some kids didn’t understand why I cared so much about a hurricane that didn’t even affect us, but most people understood my love for the people who live there. I ended up raising $1,084 from selling the bracelets, but it was a long process to make so many. I decided to raise more money in another, a more efficient way.
My family and I worked on finding a designer that could help me make custom stickers with a design inspired from my time at Sail Caribbean. I loved being able to help design a sticker and see my pictures from camp turn into something new. I chose my three favorite pictures (seen within this post) that I had taken in the islands, sketched a design, and with the help of a freelance artist, brought it to life.
Hopefully these stickers will reflect not just my time at Sail Caribbean, but all of the campers, counselors and community there too. Thank you!
What you can do to help Sarah Kate’s Cause:
-Visit the following link to donate a minimum of $10 to one of the identified relief organizations/funds who are providing aid and relief to the British Virgin Islands following the aftermath of Hurrican Irma.
-Provide proof of donation (email receipt or screenshot) to email@example.com. Please also provide us with your full name and mailing address.
-Within 5-7 days, you will receive one of Sarah Kate’s custom design stickers (see image to the left) as a thank you for your contribution!
About The Author: Sarah Kate, age 16 of Morrisville, NC, joined us in summer 2017 for our Sierra 21-Day Adventure, focusing her time on marine biology and environmental conservation.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.