Friends for Change helps over 100 students in St Mary, promises more

Friends for Change Foundation (FCF), which noted that it is an officially registered community-based charity, hosted its annual back-to-school treat on August 11 for children residing in the parish of St Mary.

The organization was faced with a daunting budgetary demand of $283,000 this year, but, through cash and kind sponsorship, it managed to successfully execute the event at Bundas playing field in Cox Street, Port Maria.

Its members donated items such as backpacks, notebooks and pencils.

“It must be noted that, though the organisation planned for 100 children, over 130 turned up,” said Nigel Nelson, Principal Director of FCF.

He expressed gratitude to the sponsors, including the National Commercial Bank Foundation (Port Maria Branch) that contributed $80,000 towards the cause.

Nelson, in the meantime, announced that FCF will roll out two new initiatives this year.

They are the Carlington Robinson and Paisley educational grants worth $20,000 each for the upcoming school year.

“These grants will grow exponentially in value as time progresses and will cover textbooks, uniform and tuition/auxiliary fees where applicable,” Nelson told The Beacon.

He further stated that residents can help to determine who benefits from the grants.

“FCF wants residents of St Mary to connect them to highly academically gifted children at the primary and secondary levels who are from families living below the poverty line within the parish,” Nelson said.

He added that persons making recommendations should email and attach a copy of the prospective recipients’ last academic report.

Here are some moments captured during the recent treat:

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