The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The fi­nal Christ­mas/New Year ham­per dis­tri­bu­tion to the cit­i­zens of Ca­naries, Belvedere and Bou­ton has marked the end of a busy 2015 sched­ule of Boka Group's year-round So­cial Cor­po­rate Re­spon­si­bil­ity Pro­gramme, part of the com­pany's com­mit­ment to driv­ing so­cial change by pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The own­ers of Belvedere Plan­ta­tion and the Ma­haut Es­tate at Belvedere have an on­go­ing pro­gramme with their lo­cal com­mu­nity, cul­mi­nat­ing each year in the dis­tri­bu­tion of 130 Christ­mas and New Year ham­pers. 2015 has seen the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Food4Thought ini­tia­tive, whereby the com­pany pays the par­ents' con­tri­bu­tion for school meals for all lo­cal schools. Not only has the ini­tia­tive been taken up by other com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions in Saint Lucia, but the in­tro­duc­tion of the pro­gramme saw at­ten­dance rise from around 70%, to over 90%. Boka Group CEO and Founder, John Kennedy, said, “Our aim is sim­ple; we want to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion and pro­vide young per­sons with ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties to ful­fil their as­pi­ra­tions and po­ten­tial. In this way they can suc­ceed and they will take their com­mu­nity with them as they grow. In the first year of our Food4Thought pro­gramme, Ca­naries pri­mary school, fol­low­ing 5 con­ser­va­tive years of be­ing the worst in the ed­u­ca­tion dis­trict, has now moved to sec­ond place in the dis­trict achiev­ing an over­all av­er­age per­for­mance grade of 68.5%, with all of their stu­dents as­signed a sec­ondary school place.” Boka Group has wished the cit­i­zens of Ca­naries, Belvedere and Bou­ton a very happy Christ­mas and New Year, em­pha­sis­ing that their SCP agenda is a year-round ini­tia­tive work­ing to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture, not just in 2016, but in the years and decades ahead.

Boka Group CEO John Kennedy hav­ing a chat with

a res­i­dent of Anse La Ve Dure Ca­naries.

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