Immaculate gets 'Express' donation for Champs

Monday, March 25, 2019

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THE Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) track and field team were fed a pleasant surprise in their preparation for the 2019 GraceKennedy ISSA Boys' and Girl's Athletics Championships, when Express Canteen Services left the kitchen and took to the training grounds to make a financial contribution.

Express Canteen Services provides canteen services at the Constant Spring-based institution and Simone Foster, managing director, said they were happy to give back to the school, which has excelled in both the areas of sport and academia.

She said: “As managing director of Express Canteen Services Limited, we are very pleased to be here to give back to one of our partners, Immaculate Conception High School.

“This contribution of $350,000 will go towards the ICHS track team and their upcoming participation in the Boys' and Girl's Champs. We at Express see ourselves as not just a concessionaire in schools, but as a nutritional partner that wants to be part of the school community and play our part in how we shape the lives of our young boys and girls for the future,” she added.

“We believe that giving back through the avenue of sport augurs well for the furtherance of nation growth and development. Our contribution is all but a small contribution to the Immaculate Conception High School, who has excelled not just in the classroom, but also in track and field,” added Foster.

“We salute the Immaculate girls and are extremely proud of their achievements, and will continue in the future to assist in any way possible to make a dream become a reality.”

Franz Forde, the team's head coach, expressed gratitude for the donation, noting that they were caught off guard as the school has always had to struggle to get sponsorship for its track and field team.

“It was surprising, but we appreciate it so much because track and field is expensive and we're so glad that they're giving back to the institution and specifically, the track and field programme,” said Forde.

“It was a real shocker because we've never received anything in such abundance. We're used to having to work so hard in getting things,” continued Forde.

“For somebody else to come on board and give you support , they love it; they really appreciate it so much,” he added of the athletes on the team who will be competing for honours at Champs, which begins on Tuesday.

Forde also extended his expression of gratitude to other members of his coaching staff and the school community.

“I've a very supportive coaching body, which is coach (Floyd) Quarrie and Matthew Tapper,” he said. “It's a team effort, along with our managerial team. and a lot of success that's been going on in the programme, it's due to us coming together and making sure that we stay on the same objective and having the management team behind us and our Principal, who is 125 per cent behind our programme, including the HSA and board members.”

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