TRANSIT HOME RE­CEIVES HELP FROM IGY

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Last Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, 2017 saw the grounds of the New Be­gin­nings Chil­dren’s Transit Home abuzz with the sounds of busy “work­men and work­women” all do­ing their part to en­hance the lives of the chil­dren at the home. These work­men and work­women were in fact vol­un­teers who were tak­ing part in the first leg of IGY Mari­nas’ sec­ond an­nual com­mu­nity out­reach ini­tia­tive dubbed, In­spire Giving Through You, which saw over 100 vol­un­teers si­mul­ta­ne­ously tak­ing part in com­mu­nity projects across six Caribbean and Pa­cific IGY des­ti­na­tions, namely Saint Lu­cia, Colom­bia, Mex­ico, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten and St. Thomas.

The ini­tia­tive, spear­headed by the CEO of IGY Mari­nas, Tom Muka­mal, sees IGY team mem­bers, cap­tains, crew, own­ers and lo­cal vol­un­teers come to­gether ev­ery year on a des­ig­nated Satur­day in Fe­bru­ary to sup­port sev­eral char­i­ties within the com­mu­ni­ties that sur­round their mari­nas.

This year the Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina part­nered with the New Be­gin­nings Transit Home in Gros Islet. The home serves as a safe haven for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and teens. Part­ner­ing with New Be­gin­nings was es­sen­tially an ex­ten­sion of the work un­der­taken by the ma­rina last year when it part­nered with the Boys’ Train­ing Cen­tre. Last year the fo­cus was on a cen­tre in the lo­cal com­mu­nity cater­ing to boys; this year it was the flip­side with the fo­cus be­ing on a cen­tre cater­ing mainly to girls.

It was a full day af­fair with a to­tal of 35 vol­un­teers in­clud­ing staff mem­bers from the ma­rina, sailors and youth vol­un­teers from the Youth Power Group and the Com­mon­wealth Youth Peace Am­bas­sadors Net­work, all work­ing vig­or­ously. Their shared goals were build­ing a gazebo, pre­par­ing an area for a kitchen gar­den, con­struct­ing a picket fence, plant­ing flow­ers and trees on the grounds, pres­sure wash­ing the walk­ways and in­stalling light fix­tures to en­hance the se­cu­rity of the home.

When it was all done, Ms. Avice Charles-Inglis, di­rec­tor of the Transit Home, was thrilled to have seen the trans­for­ma­tion and was more than grate­ful, es­pe­cially for the gazebo, which will be used as a vis­it­ing area for fam­i­lies as well as a story time area for the chil­dren.

It must be noted that this year’s In­spire Giving Through You project would not have been a suc­cess with­out as­sis­tance from Carasco and Sons Ltd., the Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion, Café Ole, Ex­el­sign, Bread Bas­ket, Green­ing the Caribbean, Lu­cian Tees, Ama­zon Land­scap­ing, the Youth Power Group and the Com­mon­wealth Youth Peace Net­work.

Vol­un­teers bring­ing the project to­gether in­cluded staff mem­bers from the ma­rina, sailors and youth vol­un­teers from the Youth Power Group and the Com­mon­wealth Youth Peace Am­bas­sadors Net­work.

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