(PRESS RELEASE) – Students ranging in age from 5 to 18 from the community of Choisuel now have access to their very own Music Centre courtesy the Sandals Foundation.
Students, parents, teachers and other members of the community were hosted by the Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort for the official launch and handover of musical instruments for the Music Centre.
This was a designated Sandals Team Member project, submitted and won by Training and Development Manager Marsha King.
The community of Choiseul is home to nine Primary and Secondary Schools, and the instruments will now make it possible for all the aspiring young musicians in the area to follow their dreams.
Mrs. Marsha King, Training and Development Manager and winner of a Sandals Grande team member project was very pleased with this initiative. “I see this as a great initiative that will benefit the aspiring young musicians from Choiseul. We are very thankful and look forward to continuing partnerships with the Sandals Foundation for the future development of our children.”
“I was the winner of the team member project and I am elated. My company sees this as an opportunity to keep to its commitments to reach out to communities and enhance the lives of the people within those communities where we exist. This also gives our students from Choiseul an opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and targets students from all over Choiseul.
Aineel Stanislaus, a second form student from the Choiseul Secondary School and a participant in the Choiseul School Music programme had this to say – “I am extremely excited because music is a passion of mine and I love to see when the community gets instruments to further the students’ knowledge. It means a lot; It means that students will not be idle around the road. I really love music.”
And representing the Sandals Foundation, Rhonda Giraudy said, “We were happy to bring this project to Choiseul through our team member Marsha. Normally projects are capped at just over EC$6,000.00. We are very excited for 2020 because we have increased the per project amount to just over EC$8,000.00. Team Member projects have been submitted for 2020 and are at the approval stage presently.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Mc Arthur Phillip, Chairperson of the Choiseul Music Centre, is elated for the gift of the musical instruments. “It is a concept we developed over ten years ago and we have been struggling to get support for the programme, when Sandals came in. There was nothing we could do but really really applaud the efforts. It is very very critical. We wanted to continue the after school programme to enhance whatever the children do at school so this donation from Sandals Foundation is very important to us.”