KIWANIS CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR CANARIES CHILDREN
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.