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SXM Festival launches Saint Martin fundraiser following destruction caused by Hurricane IRMA

It's time for festivalgoers to give back...

SXM Festival, which calls the tropical island St Martin its home, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise financial aid for the island's people after it took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.

St Martin bore the brunt of Hurricane IRMA with thousands of homes and businesses destroyed and 95% of the island’s infrastructure wiped out to sea.

The tropical island has hosted SXM Festival over the past two years and the festival's organisers hope that attendees with help a community in need.

A government spokesperson from the Carribean island said: "The SXM Festival GoFundMe is the only fundraising effort for Saint Martin relief we are able to officially support at this time."

In a statement issued by SXM Festival, the festival's organisers said: "If you have ever been to SXM Festival or if you just want to help this incredibly worthy cause, please donate whatever you can afford and share this post with whoever you believe may wish to help."

The festival's organisers want to raise money for much-needed drinking water, food, first aid supplies and other basic needs for the island's inhabitants before the fundraising effort turns to rebuilding the tropical paradise and hopefully hosting SXM Festival in the future once again.

Rolando Brison, Director of Dutch Tourism Bureau, echoed the festival's sentiments: “We really appreciate the effort of SXM Festival to bring much-needed relief to the island. We thank everyone for the support and encourage anyone to help the island through this link."

People can donate to SXM Festival x #SXMStrong’s Rescue and Rebuild Fund via GoFundMe here.