The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Castries last Sun­day hosted a Christ­mas Party for over eighty stu­dents of the Ca­naries In­fant School. The ac­tiv­ity took place at the old Ro­man Catholic Church where the in­fant school is now housed fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal school by the pas­sage of the 2013 Christ­mas Eve trough which com­pletely in­un­dated and dam­aged the struc­ture ren­der­ing it un­in­hab­it­able up to this time.

The chil­dren, who all had a jolly good time, were thor­oughly en­ter­tained with games of mu­si­cal chairs and pin the don­key, among oth­ers. The chil­dren danced to a reper­toire of mainly lo­cal and Caribbean Christ­mas mu­sic and en­joyed a menu of mostly lo­cal juices and eats in­clud­ing the tra­di­tional sor­rel and ginger beer. The high­light of the ac­tiv­ity was the ar­rival of Santa Claus who gave each child a Christ­mas gift and wished them a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year.

Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of the Ki­wa­nis Club of Castries Er­min Moise dep­u­tized for Pres­i­dent Louise Vite who was un­avoid­ably ab­sent. In his ad­dress to the gath­er­ing, he traced the his­tory of the project which now spans over 20 years and stated that the chil­dren of Ca­naries were se­lected by the club due to the trauma that they had ex­pe­ri­enced from the pas­sage of the trough last year and the fact that they were still housed in makeshift fa­cil­i­ties at the old Catholic Church. He urged the chil­dren to study hard de­spite their sit­u­a­tion and re­quested that they all go out to the com­mu­nity and spread the true spirit of the sea­son by shar­ing and giv­ing.

School Prin­ci­pal Ms. Si­mo­nia Jn. Bap­tiste was un­avoid­ably ab­sent but in a tele­phone call to the club she thanked the Ki­wa­nis for spon­sor­ing this event and stated that she, the teach­ers and es­pe­cially the stu­dents were ex­tremely thank­ful for the club’s gen­eros­ity and thought­ful­ness in re­mem­ber­ing the chil­dren from her school and that words could not ex­press the level of grat­i­tude that they all felt.

The club also took the op­por­tu­nity to present to the com­mu­nity of Ca­naries some items of cloth­ing and toys re­ceived from the Ki­wa­nis Clubs in Mar­tinique who got to­gether and were able to col­lect and ship close to 10 boxes of sup­plies to as­sist vic­tims of the 2013 Christ­mas Eve trough. In mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion to com­mu­nity mem­ber Vicki St.Cyr, Ki­wa­nis PRO Peter Alexan­der thanked the mem­bers of the Ki­wa­nis Clubs of Mar­tinique for their kind ges­ture and stated that his club was pleased to be as­so­ci­ated with this ven­ture and trusts that the items will bring some Christ­mas cheer to the res­i­dents of Ca­naries who he is aware are still suf­fer­ing with the ef­fects of the 2013 trough.

Ms. St. Cyr thanked the Ki­wa­nis Clubs both in Mar­tinique and Saint Lu­cia for their kind gen­eros­ity, stat­ing she would en­sure that items would be dis­trib­uted to the most needy in the com­mu­nity.

Ki­wa­nis Past Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor and Dis­tin­guished Pres­i­dent Peter Alexan­der (L) presents sup­plies to Ca­naries res­i­dent Vicki St. Cyr. Look­ing on are Ki­wa­ni­ans

Eu­gene Rene, Shel­ley Black and Mar­cus Jolie.

The chil­dren show­ing off their face paint­ings at the

Ki­wa­nis Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Party.

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