Back-To-School Boost For Students In Need

Some of Tobago’s less fortunate students got much-needed support recently. They were presented with new school bags and stationary by the Fairwinds Charity Foundation, a non-profit organisation from Mason Hall.

Students from schools in Moriah, Patience Hill, Mason Hall and the Happy Haven School benefitted from the annual initiative. The Foundation raises funds by hosting various events, and gives back in different ways.

Its members recently paid a visit to the Office of the Chief Secretary. And Gillian Benjamin, the secretary of the organisation, explained the work they’ve been doing.

“Formally, we became an NGO (non-governmental organisation) nine years ago and we have reached over 250 families,” Benjamin said. “We also assist a family of four children and we try to give them, apart from book bags and stationary, we try to help supply them with clothing and food.”

The charity is seeking to expand the scope of its initiatives. Benjamin said the Foundation members are proud of the progress they’ve made so far in Tobago.

The organisation is already planning its next major event: the Christmas Gift-giving and Fun Day.

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