The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Caribbean’s wettest and wildest at­trac­tion, Splash Is­land Wa­ter Park Saint Lu­cia, will be cel­e­brat­ing its 1 year an­niver­sary on 1st Au­gust, 2016.

There will be a spe­cial guest ap­pear­ance by Soca artist and crowd pleaser ex­traor­di­naire, Ezra D Fun Ma­chine, along­side Jiggy and Scoobay, who will per­form the pop­u­lar tune, ‘Swim My Way’ as well as other great hits. There will also be a spe­cial guest DJ on hand who will en­ter­tain the crowd. Start­ing 10 a.m., treats will be avail­able for park guests.

Park founder and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mrs. Ju­lianna Ward-Des­tang, who won the 2016 En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award, con­cep­tu­alised the idea of Splash Is­land in March last year and was able to make her dream of in­tro­duc­ing the Caribbean’s first open­wa­ter sports park a re­al­ity on Au­gust 1st, 2015. Al­most a year later, over 25,000 pa­trons have ex­pe­ri­enced the thrills and spills of the park and had the time of their lives while en­joy­ing the pris­tine wa­ters of the Caribbean Sea.

Since its open­ing the park has pro­vided thou­sands of com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren from the com­mu­nity, the Boys Train­ing Cen­tre and the Holy Fam­ily Chil­dren’s Home. Splash Is­land re­cently part­nered with the Caribbean Premiere League to host 60 kids and the St. Lu­cia Zouks for the first-ever CPL Beach Olympics Event.

Mrs. Ward-Des­tang en­cour­ages all kids, thrill seek­ers, fam­i­lies and week­end war­riors to come out on Mon­day, 1st Au­gust, a pub­lic hol­i­day in Saint Lu­cia for Eman­ci­pa­tion Day, to cel­e­brate this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.

As part of Dig­i­cel’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity phi­los­o­phy, the com­pany con­tin­ues to strate­gi­cally part­ner with var­i­ous so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­sti­tu­tions. The lat­est ben­e­fi­ciary of such a part­ner­ship is Youth Emer­gency Ac­tion Com­mit­tees (YEAC) St. Lu­cia. Dig­i­cel sup­ported the group in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its fi­nal project phase un­der the theme ‘Lead­ing Youth in Dis­as­ter Re­silience’.

The YEAC team prides it­self on the fo­cus of vol­un­teerism and the bet­ter­ment of the com­mu­nity and self. The or­gan­i­sa­tion seeks to pri­mar­ily tar­get un­at­tached youth which in­cludes per­sons who are not mem­bers or af­fil­i­ates of other or­gan­i­sa­tions or clubs, un­em­ployed or oth­er­wise dis­en­gaged. De­spite hav­ing en­coun­tered many chal­lenges through­out its ex­is­tence, YEAC has re­mained fo­cused on be­ing a bea­con of change, in­spi­ra­tion and hope for the young peo­ple it serves and its com­mu­nity base of Ti Rocher Cas­tries, Marc­hand and Forestierre.

YEAC Project Man­ager, Miss Al­lis­ter Phillip, com­mented on Dig­i­cel’s sup­port for the group, say­ing, “We are proud and ec­static to have Dig­i­cel as our cor­po­rate spon­sor for 2016 to 2017. This con­tri­bu­tion al­lows for the team to be flex­i­ble in ac­quir­ing train­ing and en­hanc­ing their skillset. This will fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of our or­gan­i­sa­tion train­ing needs and the sus­tain­abil­ity of the project. The fund­ing re­ceived will al­low us to be more sus­tain­able and mar­ketable by be­ing as­so­ci­ated with such a strong brand as Dig­i­cel. This is also a help­ful and fruit­ful step to­wards get­ting more lo­cal buy-in and cor­po­rate sup­port for our ef­forts with the youth.”

Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive at Dig­i­cel, Miss Louise Vic­tor, af­firmed Dig­i­cel’s sup­port for ven­tures of this na­ture: “At Dig­i­cel we recog­nise the need to con­tinue to in­vest in such a vi­tal re­source. Young peo­ple are a dy­namic reser­voir of ta­lent, en­ergy, and power which plays a crit­i­cal role in a coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment. It is there­fore im­per­a­tive that, as pri­vate cor­po­rate cit­i­zens, we play our part in en­sur­ing we help fur­ther equip them with added re­sources in their quest to con­tribut­ing pos­i­tively to so­ci­ety. Dig­i­cel ap­plauds YEAC and the mean­ing­ful work they have been do­ing. We en­cour­age them to con­tinue to be a source of in­spi­ra­tion to many.”

Splash Is­land Wa­ter Park on Re­duit Beach.

Mem­bers of the YEAC team thank­ing Dig­i­cel for its sup­port.

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