(September 26, 2012) Committed to providing the resources to enhance education and community involvement, the Sandals Foundation has met the targets of two focus projects for 2012: the donations of musical instruments to the Exuma Youth Marching Band in the Bahamas and computers to one of its 26 adopted schools, the Clement Howell High School in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
Each year, the Sandals Foundation identifies a number of short-term projects in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Antigua, Saint Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). These projects are funded by donations and on-property fundraisers at Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple resorts.
As a result of these donations and fundraising efforts, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International was able to meet focus project targets, one of which was made possible with the help of Flight Centre Canada employees and Beaches IT manager, Morlon Davidson, who were on-hand to provide assistance in installing 15 computers at the school and a wireless Internet tower.
“The Sandals Foundation believes that exposure to technology is one of the best ways to ensure we are helping to prepare Caribbean children for the demands of the working world, and we were very pleased to be able to donate these new computers,” said Heidi Clarke, director of programs for the Sandals Foundation.
She continued: “we recognize the dedication of the information technology teachers at Clement Howell and realize that through our partnership with them that these computers will go a long way in enhancing their curriculum, benefitting hundreds of children.”
Meanwhile, the Sandals Foundation handed over musical instruments, valued at more than US$4,000, to 100 musicians at Sandals Emerald Bay just in time for them to participate in the ‘Battle of Bands Showcase’ in Boynton Beach Florida.
“We are delighted that the instruments came right in time,” said Perry Brice, band director. “Our former instruments were in bad condition so on behalf of the Exuma Youth Marching band, we want to give a heartfelt thank you to the Sandals Foundation for assistance over the past years and supporting the growth of the youth in our community.”
The Sandals Foundation is now raising funds towards the expansion of a community centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica – the Flanker Peace and Justice Centre; in support of the Care for Kids Golf Academy and an environmental awareness program in Nassau, the Bahamas – The Sandals Foundation Ride to Save the Wetlands.