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The Sunshine School
PO Box 90 BQ
St Vincent and the Grenadines
West Indies

Tel: 784-457-3794




Our Board of Directors and volunteers work diligently during Bequia’s Tourist season to present successful and fun fundraising events for the benefit of the school. Over 75% of our operating budget is funded by these events, so they are critical to the ongoing operation of The Sunshine School.

Following is a list and brief description of each event:

The Annual Sailors & Landlubbers Auction – in February each year

It all began in 1990 when Norwegian sailors Mariann Palmborg and Peter “Fixman” decided to "give back" to their favorite island, and held a “Marine Gear Auction” aboard their double-ended ketch Fredag. Cruisers brought items they wanted to sell and put a price on them. Any amount over this price went to the Sunshine School. Mariann said, "It struck me how many people just gave things and did not want to receive any money at all. Here was a chance to really make money for the school."

In recent years, more and more items have been donated that have nothing to do with the sea and all proceeds go directly to the school’s operating fund. Recently, in between the anchors, winches and deck prisms, appear paintings by well-known local artists, wall hangings, lawn furniture, jewelry, day sailing trips, wine and so much more, and landlubbers are key participants.

Donated snacks and beverages are sold and all proceeds from these sales go directly to the school, as well. Several wood work and sewing items made at the school are also sold.

The Sunshine School auction has become so popular that several persons book their vacations to Bequia to coincide with the event.

Many thanks to the management of the 'Gingerbread' for offering the premises free of charge for the event. Special thanks also to the many volunteers who go through piles of stuff sorting and selecting items and for the hard work put in on the day of the auction.

Tri-Annual Book sales

The Sunshine School book sales have become sought after events! Gently used books are collected throughout the year and tables full of them are sold at very reasonable prices. Drop off your “gently used” books at the Sunshine School between 9.00AM and 3PM weekdays throughout the year except during the school holidays; then restock your shelves at the next sale!

Annual Jumble Sale & PTA Bake sale

The annual jumble sale takes place in March each year. Who doesn’t love to find that special treasure amongst a pile of “stuff”? Just before the Auction, all donations are sorted and auction items selected. The remaining items are set aside for the ‘jumble sale’. Clothes, shoes, electronics, house wares, you name it …. We just might have it for sale! Next time you are clearing out a closet or storage bin, be sure to do a little clean up then send those items on over to the Sunshine School!! Your discarded item is likely someone else’s treasure!!

Coin cans

Look for the ‘Sunshine School’ cans at cashiers’ counters throughout the Harbour. Every penny counts! Drop your spare change – it makes a difference! Find them at: Gingerbread Café’, Knights Trading, Knights Supermarket, Dorris Fresh Food, BOSVG, GYE, Wag Service Station, Bequia Venture, Revenue Office, Grenadine Sales, Sailors Café’ , Caribbean Woods and other locations.


  • DECEMBER 2017
    Book sales under the Almond tree - Saturday 9th

  • JANUARY 2018
    Book sales under the Almond tree - Saturday 20th

  • FEBRUARY 2018
    Annual School AUCTION - Sunday - 11th
    Fig Tree restaurant at 12 noon.

  • MARCH 2018
    Book sales under the the Almond tree - Saturday 10th
    Jumble sales at the High School - 10am Saturday 24th