1,000 Tins for Do­minica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Grow Well’s youth drive for Do­minica fired the imag­i­na­tion of sup­port­ers and sur­passed its goal of col­lect­ing 1,000 cans to send to the is­land. 1,163 cans of food are now on their way to the Ro­tary Club of Do­minica, which will ar­range dis­tri­bu­tion.

The youths’ bright imag­i­na­tive fly­ers (printed cour­tesy of Star Pub­lish­ing Com­pany) trig­gered an out­pour­ing of sup­port from Gros Islet schools, Grow Well vol­un­teers, mem­bers and friends. Young mem­bers of var­i­ous Grow Well af­ter-school pro­grammes and C.A.R.E. trainees in the Grow Well Cen­tre helped fuel the drive. They re­ceived, counted, boxed and hauled do­na­tions for ship­ment.

The ‘1,000 Tins For Do­minica’ drive was first an­nounced on Wed­nes­day 27 Septem­ber and in a less than a week 30 boxes and con­tain­ers were packed and read­ied for transport. The ship­ment was sched­uled to leave Saint Lu­cia by tug­boat, ar­ranged by sup­port­ers, on Fri­day 6 Oc­to­ber.

Grow Well was founded 22 years ago by a group, in­clud­ing the Ro­tary Club of Gros Islet, to fur­ther the pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment of youth in the Gros Islet District. The Grow Well Cen­tre, op­po­site the Ro­man Catholic Church in Gros Islet, pro­vides sev­eral af­ter-school pro­grammes in­clud­ing re­me­dial read­ing, golf, and girls’ cir­cle. It houses the Grow Well chil­dren’s and young adult li­brary and a well-equipped com­puter lab which en­cour­ages com­puter lit­er­acy for the young, with com­put­er­ized home­work sup­port, prin­ci­pally for sec­ondary school stu­dents with no in­ter­net access at home. Grow Well schol­ar­ships as­sist stu­dents from in­fant to sec­ondary schools.

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