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Hundreds geared for school @ Back to School Fiesta on VG

Hundreds of children on Anegada and Virgin Gorda were equipped with school supplies ahead of the 2019/2020 academic year at the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
This little lad seems set for school. Photo: VINO
This little lad seems set for school. Photo: VINO
From left: Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL), Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Neville A. Smith (AL), Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) and brainchild of the Back to School Fiesta Mr Allington O. Creque aka ‘Gumption display some of the loaded backpacks to be distributed. Photo: VINO
From left: Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL), Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Neville A. Smith (AL), Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) and brainchild of the Back to School Fiesta Mr Allington O. Creque aka ‘Gumption display some of the loaded backpacks to be distributed. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (AL), 2nd from left, with some of his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government team at the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 25, 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (AL), 2nd from left, with some of his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government team at the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 25, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Members of Rotary, including Minister For Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), 3rd from left, at the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Members of Rotary, including Minister For Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), 3rd from left, at the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the Back to School Fiesta on Virgin Gorda on August 24, 2019. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- When the 2019/2020 academic year commences in the Virgin Islands (VI) in September, most children are expected to enter the classrooms fully equipped with the basic essentials, thanks to the many charitable initiatives to provide as many children as possible with at least a new back pack, exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers, erasers and in most cases water bottles and bowls for their lunch.

This is particularly the case for children of the Ninth District, which encompasses Anegada and Virgin Gorda.

Yesterday, August 24, 2019, hundreds turned up at the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground, in the heart of Virgin Gorda, where they had a fun-filled day on the bouncy castles, getting their faces painted, being spoiled for the day with lots of sweet treats and snacks, dancing to the live sounds of the God Movement and even meeting up with persons they may not have interacted with since the close of the school year.

And when the need come to take a bite after all the activities, there were also barbecue chicken and ribs, burgers, hot dogs, hot homemade soup and lots more available.

The children and parents alike were able to participate stress free, knowing that the Back to School Fiesta was taking care of an important expense at this time of year.

Strong support

What started out as an initiative by Virgin Gorda resident and entrepreneur Allington O. Cheque aka ‘Gumption’, exploded when Ninth District Representative and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley and other persons came on board.

More than 47 private individuals, organisations, companies, groups and other legislators pooled their resources to make the initiative a one of a kind experience for families with school children.

Close to 1000 backpacks were sourced.

Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL), Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL) and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Neville A. Smith (AL) were all helping hands in the distribution of the back packs.

Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (AL) and Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) also came out to support the initiative.

4 Responses to “Hundreds geared for school @ Back to School Fiesta on VG”

  • weed (25/08/2019, 14:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good show
  • STX (25/08/2019, 15:07) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Once agin proud of Mr. Gumshion! This is truly amazing hope the people appreciate what he’s doing over there cause we don’t have anything like this over here.
    • Hit the nail on the head (25/08/2019, 18:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      the ninth district man ah work he there for 20 years
  • 9 no’s 1 yes (26/08/2019, 09:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It only takes one yes you’ll. It’s what you do with the 1 yes that counts. Many of us including me can used a page or two from mr.crque’s book. Congratulations to everyone who made this happen.


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