Sandals Foun­da­tion in­jects more than $6,600 in Jacmel Sports Fa­cil­ity Restora­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Sandals Foun­da­tion has com­pleted an EC$6,675 upgrade of the Jacmel Sports fa­cil­ity through a team mem­ber sup­port ini­tia­tive that al­lows em­ploy­ees to iden­tify spe­cial projects in their com­mu­ni­ties and re­ceive fund­ing for said projects. Fer­nella LesFloris from Sandals Re­gency La Toc Bars Depart­ment sub­mit­ted the pro­posal. She lives in the Jacmel com­mu­nity.

Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams for the Sandals Foun­da­tion, Heidi Clarke, said projects sub­mit­ted to the Foun­da­tion by team mem­bers are key ini­tia­tives that un­der­line a pas­sion for giv­ing back and iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas of need within lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“When our team mem­bers bring pro­ject ideas like th­ese to us it says they are vig­i­lant and are able to con­nect with the needs of their own com­mu­ni­ties. We are grate­ful to our team mem­bers who serve as the eyes and ears of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, vol­un­teer their time and share the beauty and cul­ture of our is­lands with vis­i­tors so that they too can get in­volved with the work for the Foun­da­tion,” Clarke said.

The upgrade in­cludes mark­ing the en­tire court for all-pur­pose sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties as well as many struc­tural ren­o­va­tions. New bas­ket­ball and net­ball hoops and nets were also in­stalled.

In her pro­ject pro­posal, LesFloris said the sport­ing fa­cil­ity would al­low for bet­ter use of en­ergy and time for male com­mu­nity res­i­dents par­tic­u­larly. “The pro­ject is great be­cause we have a lot of young men in the com­mu­nity that are in­ter­ested in sports and have the time to in­vest. Hav­ing the fa­cil­ity and equip­ment to aid in their in­ter­est would go a long way in keep­ing them out of trou­ble and en­cour­ag­ing them to de­velop their skills,” LesFloris said.

This is the first of three projects pi­loted by Sandals Saint Lu­cia team mem­bers to be ex­e­cuted in the com­ing weeks. The two other com­mu­ni­ties to ben­e­fit will be La­borie and Gros Islet.

The com­pleted Jacmel multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity.

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