On Friday, December 2, the 7th edition of the Rosebel Christmas Charity Event took place. During this event, ten (10) social institutions were awarded a financial contribution from the Rosebel Community Fund (RCF). The representatives of these institutions were treated to a festive dinner at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, in gratitude for their work during the past year. The RCF also celebrated its 3-year anniversary on December 2.
Lea Welzijn, director of the Kennedy Foundation, addressed a word of thanks to the organization on behalf of the various institutions, "We really appreciate this beautiful gesture, and I think all the representatives here would agree with me, that we were really honored today. It has become a very difficult situation for social institutions in Suriname. We all have an acute shortage. Not only when it comes to care and education of our children, but also to be able to offer our staff a good salary is a huge challenge. It is then moments like these that really encourage us to continue the work no matter how difficult it is."
Stephanie van Lobbrecht, President of the RCF and Country Director of Rosebel Gold Mines N.V. (RGM), thinks it is a particularly beautiful moment that the Christmas Charity has been resumed after a 2-year hiatus, "It gives a feeling of satisfaction that today we are able to honor the people who continuously work to care for those who need special attention. I also consider it a privilege for us at Rosebel that we can also financially support the work they do with this donation. The Christmas Charity event has become a tradition where we are able to give back to the community. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not been able to do this project in the previous 2 years, but today we were able to celebrate this beautiful tradition again. And we can proudly speak of a successful event."
A total of SRD1,040,000 was donated to social institutions during the Christmas Charity event. The Rosebel Community Fund Foundation was established with the goal of helping to create a sustainable future for the communities surrounding the Rosebel operation in particular and the Surinamese community in general. Because of the responsibility within the Surinamese society, funds are therefore made available for projects that can provide the necessary reinforcement to the healthcare sector in Suriname. The Foundation also provides the necessary support for community development projects related to education, health care and socio-economic development, among others.