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December 15, 2014 — The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, and The Nassau, Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), today kicked off their “1000 Bricks in 100 Days” fundraising campaign. The call-to-action challenge will aid the partnership’s P.A.C.E. programme, (Providing Access to Continued Education) in the building completion of a first-of-its-kind support centre that will ensure young teenage mothers and their children are provided with a resource that accommodates administrative, counselling and academic services.

Staying committed to P.A.C.E.’s mission of hope and inspiration, the “1000 Bricks in 100 Days” will further promote awareness of policies designed to counter the growing epidemic of teenage pregnancies specifically within The Bahamas where over 500 teenagers become pregnant annually. Through this local appeal, each brick purchased will actually be used to renovate P.A.C.E.’s new facility into a larger, state-of-the-art learning center with additional resources. Additionally, these vast upgrades will allow for greater content to be developed, improved vocational training, and the new structure will be able to accommodate additional students.

Individual donors as well as local businesses are invited to participate in the “1000 Bricks in 100 Days” campaign by making a purchase of a US$100 brick. Donors will then see their contribution placed permanently on a special wall within the new school that is anticipated to be completed by Fall 2015. Donations can be made by visiting http://www.sandalsfoundation.org or locally by visiting any of the revenue areas at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island.

“We are so grateful for this joint fundraising effort between the Sandals Foundation and The Nassau, Bahamas Alumnae chapter of DST which can help bring us closer to our goals of providing purpose built facilities to enrich the learning available to our students and to help more young girls in need, said Sonia Brown, President of P.A.C.E. Our top priority here is to support every teen mother, passing through our doors, to re-build their lives and this transformative programme seeks to help them be good parents and productive citizens of our country which is important for every Bahamian.” Brown concluded.

For more information on the Sandals Foundation’s and The Nassau, Bahamas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc’s “1000 Bricks in 100 Days” campaign or to donate to this cause, please visit http://www.sandalsfoundation.org or any of the revenue areas at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island.