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West St Andrew Kiwanians shore up basic schools' breakfast pantry

Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Recognising the importance of breakfast in improving mental alertness and physical energy at the start of the day, the Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew, courtesy of Lasco Distributors, recently donated breakfast supplies to three Corporate Area infant schools.

The schools — Red Hills, Laura's, and Cooreville Gardens basic schools — collectively received 35 cases of items including tin mackerel, corn flakes, salt fish, butter beans, chocolate mix, and oats.

The boost to the schools' breakfast programme is the second partnership the 40-year-old club has brokered with Lasco Distributors, as the company made similar donations to the children's charity last year.

Club president Charmaine Shaw hailed the initiative as an example of the empowering nature of collaboration. She said forging more partnerships like these with key sponsors is a critical avenue for impacting more children's lives in Jamaica.

“We would like to thank Lasco for coming on-board with us to support the school-feeding programme of these basic schools. We look forward to more fruitful initiatives that will make the children smile. Parnerships bring more resources together and register greater results so that as Kiwanians we can fulfil our mandate of serving the children of the world,” she said.

She also invited other corporate sponsors to assist the club in executing more children's projects. The Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew, she declared, possesses a pool of committed members of high integrity, and a record of excellent planning and organising skills. Combining these skills with much-needed resources from donors is an effective way in which synergistic partnerships can benefit more of the nation's children. She recalled the signature project of 2018 in which the club built two new restrooms, complete with flush toilets, for Red Hills Basic School as an example of meticulous and sound project-management skills at play.

— Marshalyn Rose

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