Climb for the Cause

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Fit­ness en­thu­si­asts and civic-minded in­di­vid­u­als are be­ing en­cour­aged to take on a phys­i­cal chal­lenge while con­tribut­ing to a char­i­ta­ble cause.

Climb for the Cause is a trek to the sum­mit of Mount Gimie – the high­est peak in St. Lu­cia – to raise funds for the Chil­dren’s Lit­er­acy Ac­tion Sup­port (CLAS). The climb, slated for Sun­day Au­gust 30th, is the sec­ond of two hikes. The first oc­curred on Sun­day, Au­gust 16th with a to­tal of 13 hik­ers among whom were a 9-, 10-, and 11-year-old, who reached the sum­mit af­ter only 2 ½ hours. The last two hik­ers reached the peak 20 min­utes later (2 hours 50 min­utes).

The climb up Mount Gimie is an es­ti­mated 3 hours to the sum­mit and another 3 hours to the base, mak­ing it a to­tal of 6 hours. For all per­sons, trans­porta­tion will be pro­vided from the Derek Wal­cott Square near the Cen­tral Li­brary. De­par­ture time is 6:30 a.m. In­ter­ested per­sons can register at Money Gram on the Ground Floor of the Blue Coral Mall or call 718 - 5177 to register.

CLAS is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion based in the com­mu­nity of Marc­hand in Castries East. The or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has been in ex­is­tence for 10 years now, caters to the needs of chil­dren who are eco­nom­i­cally de­prived by pro­vid­ing them with meals, teach­ing them to read, or help­ing them get into, and re­main in, the for­mal school sys­tem. Such sup­port re­duces the chances of these chil­dren drop­ping out of school and en­gag­ing in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour that of­ten leads to gang for­ma­tion and in­volve­ment in crime, vi­o­lence and promis­cu­ity.

CLAS was founded by Vir­gil Leonty who hails from the Marc­hand com­mu­nity and who has seen first-hand the ill-ef­fects of poverty and de­pri­va­tion on some of the com­mu­nity’s youth. Over the last 10 years, CLAS has pro­vided tan­gi­ble sup­port, guid­ance and coun­selling to ap­prox­i­mately 70 chil­dren from Marc­hand and en­vi­rons.

In March 2015, CLAS es­tab­lished the Lo­raine Jolie Schol­ar­ship Fund. The aim of this fund is to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren who per­form very well in the Com­mon En­trance Exam. The fund bears the name of CLAS’s for­mer Le­gal Ad­vi­sor, At­tor­ney-at-law Lo­raine Jolie, who died in Oc­to­ber 2012. Miss Jolie was one of CLAS’s salient bene­fac­tors. Climb for the Cause is a fundrais­ing event to help es­tab­lish this schol­ar­ship fund, which will be launched of­fi­cially in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Those mak­ing it dur­ing the first Mount Gimie climb on

Au­gust 16.

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