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'New EAPS building will survive strength of any hurricane' - Peter Haycraft

- assures funding for the rebuilding of the Enis Adams Primary School ‘down to the last brick’
Prominent businessman Peter Haycraft has promised funding for the rebuilding of the Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola 'down to the last brick, no matter the cost.' Photo: VINO
Persons in attendance at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Enis Adams Primary School today, February 13, 2018. Photo: VINO
Persons in attendance at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Enis Adams Primary School today, February 13, 2018. Photo: VINO
Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull personally expresses appreciation to Mr Peter Haycraft for funding the rebuilding of the Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull personally expresses appreciation to Mr Peter Haycraft for funding the rebuilding of the Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Students and teachers of the Enis Adams Primary School at the ground breaking ceremony for a new school building at Meyers Estate, Tortola today, February 13, 2018. Photo: VINO
Students and teachers of the Enis Adams Primary School at the ground breaking ceremony for a new school building at Meyers Estate, Tortola today, February 13, 2018. Photo: VINO
From left: Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) and businessman and donor Mr Peter Haycraft at the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola today, February 13, 2018. Photo: VINO
From left: Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) and businessman and donor Mr Peter Haycraft at the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola today, February 13, 2018. Photo: VINO
The Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola, was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO/File
The Enis Adams Primary School in Meyers Estate, Tortola, was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Photo: VINO/File
MEYERS ESTATE, Tortola, VI - The Enis Adams Primary School suffered severe damages to their infrastructure as a result of the hurricanes of September 2017 but thanks to prominent businessman, Mr Peter Haycraft, over $1 million was pledged to rebuild the school, which according to Mr Haycraft, will be done stronger to withstand any hurricane.

Building back stronger

Mr Haycraft, founder and former majority owner of Road Town Wholesale Ltd, told members of the audience that any building he builds will always be a REIDS building, while ensuring that the EAPS will survive the strength of any hurricane.

“A lot of you know that any building that I build is always a REIDS building and all of them without exceptions survived the hurricane. There has been a little bit of damage here and there but absolutely nothing major. So I can ensure you that Mr Newton by the time he has completed putting up a REIDS steel frame building –God forbid that we have anything like Irma again- but it will survive,” said Mr Haycraft during a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Enis Adams Primary School (EAPS) grounds.

The stalwart citizen also guaranteed funding for the rebuilding of the school "down to the last brick no matter the cost."

It's all about the view!

Mr Haycraft was among the first who came forward to make a contribution towards the rebuilding and repair of schools across the Territory, stated Honourable Myron V. Walywn (AL), Minister for Education and Culture.

Hon Walywn, during his remarks, disclosed that Mr Haycraft told him that he chose the Enis Adams Primary School because his wife, many years ago read to the students and she really liked the view from the classroom in which she was reading from, while thanking Mr and Mrs Haycraft for their donations.

Following, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, expressed his appreciation to Mr and Mrs Haycraft for their generous donation in a time of need.

He said, “My government made a public appeal to the community to assist with rebuilding of the territory’s schools because we recognised that government cannot build the territory alone. It’s a great pleasure that I take this time to thank Mr Peter Haycraft of Road Town Wholesale Company Limited and his team, Newton Construction for the hand in the great development of our students, particularly for this school, the Enid Adams Primary School. The government of the Virgin Islands (VI) strongly value the partnership that we have built with you over the years and consider you a true community partner. We are pleased that your commitment and contribution is one from the heart. The Road Town Wholesale company has been a staple in this economy for years.”

Possibility of a basketball court

Meanwhile, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, Second District Representative, also expressed gratitude to Mr Haycraft and his team for assisting with the rebuilding of the EAPS, adding that there are plans for constructing a basketball court for the students to engage in physical activities.

“I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Haycraft for their generosity and their generous donation. We’ve always wanted a basketball facility at the school, so my pledge minister with your support, help and the finances we would put at least a half court facility for the children to enjoy while they are at the school. While the building will increase the educational capacity here at the school with the technology and everything else, I think from a sports and physical fitness point the basketball court would add an additional health and fitness for the students. So I want to take this time again to say how pleased and happy I am. Our children are the now and if we don’t do and take care of them now we will not be sure what will happen to us in the future,” expressed Hon Turnbull.

Hesketh E. Newton, owner of Newton Construction Ltd. explained during the ceremony that architectural and engineering drawings are currently with the building authority awaiting approval and a team spearheaded by his daughter, Amorrewl C. Newton, is working on getting materials together.

“The rebuild team looks forward to completion of a stronger, smarter and greener Enis Adams Primary School building in the shortest possible time frame.”

23 Responses to “'New EAPS building will survive strength of any hurricane' - Peter Haycraft”

  • wize up (13/02/2018, 18:40) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    more businesses and companies conducting business within this territory should take a page from Mr Haycraft’s book: all eyes locked on to government while a number of companies racking in millions each year in the BVI(just saying) to many of us have this notion that government must foot all the bills especially following a natural disaster: private enterprise making money here so why can’t they contribute to the rebuilding of the country where they make their millions......just a question(are you here just to “rape” us: good going Mr Haycraft you made you money here and kind enough to sow a good seed right here
  • NezRez (13/02/2018, 18:50) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr. Haycraft is doing a great thing. He is looking out for our children’s safety building strong buildings. The sad part is our government both VIP and NDP never thought to do this all these years, and only had in-house fighting and stealing the money for their own personal use. Mr Haycraft has shown us what could have been done over 25 years ago. Again, thank you Mr. Haycraft for your thoughtfulness and generosity. The government needs to follow in his footsteps.
  • well done (13/02/2018, 19:07) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kudos to Mr & Mrs Haycraft for their generosity. Also to Mr Newton and his team. Not so long ago people were ready to crucify this man when he sold his own business, now look what he is doing for the Territory, your children, my children and the FUTURE!
    • @ Well done (14/02/2018, 06:58) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
      He has done well for the BVI...He shouldn't have sold the business. Government was wrong to approved the sale out side. They should have insist he sold it locally. The sale didn't turn out good according to most of ths workers..
      • a bvislander (14/02/2018, 13:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        there is so much mean and hateful rhetoric, it is amazing and it shows how things are moving so slowly. It is so counterproductive and sad.
  • Linda (13/02/2018, 19:36) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ NezRez...you are 100 percent correct!
  • ??? (13/02/2018, 20:14) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Thank you very much sir but they said the same thing about the Titanic.
  • Patriotic (13/02/2018, 20:25) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    very generious of him .this does not mean we shouldn't criticize and call someone out . everyone living in the bvi should and expect to play by the same rules regardless of social status or political affiliation .
    like some rotarians (jus some) believe that rotary is a branch of government.
  • Interested (13/02/2018, 20:26) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Haycraft for their very generous contribution.I feel especially drawn to the EAPS which is named for my cousin and God Mother Enis ADAMS.May God richly bless them.


  • foxy (13/02/2018, 20:52) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    It's about time
  • 911 (13/02/2018, 20:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    We thankle you
  • Honorary Citizen (13/02/2018, 21:50) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Haycraft would have served this community better if he paid his staff a living wage.
  • E. Leonard (13/02/2018, 21:52) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    • O Lord. (14/02/2018, 07:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      To whom much is given from them much is expected. This a true story of passing your blessings on. Blessings will never stop.
    • Disinterested (15/02/2018, 01:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! Where is the comment/blog? It is an empty comment so what are people disliking ? You people are something else. Like me hiding behind an anonymous name.
  • keep the money away from them yes (13/02/2018, 22:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    crab, white head and heskit them so need to step up
  • ... (14/02/2018, 07:16) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I'm calling out the largest Trust Company in the Virgin Islands. They make a lot of money but donate very little.
  • Thanks!?! (14/02/2018, 08:57) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Like junk bonds and similar useless economic instruments, the purveyor of stagnant, non growth wages in the B.V.I since 1960 to present has given back a bit.

    Thanks much, though there is not much to celebrate.
  • BVI STRONG (14/02/2018, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    MVW lives in the moment, in narcissistic emotion and self-serving rhetoric, which doesn't add up longterm to any consistent position or narrative.
  • wize up (14/02/2018, 12:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    nothing personal but I trust Mr Haycraft do not hand over any money but have his own people manage the developments of that project(just saying).....he could give “them” the keys once the project have been completed(please don’t give them the money!!!!)
  • Concerned (14/02/2018, 14:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wise up,
    Can't you see that is what the man is doing? He has already hand-pick his Rotarian buddy do the contract;. wake up dog gone it!.

    This is an act to thank the government for assisting him in selling out the locals to outside interest, in relation to the sale of Road Town Wholesale to an outsider, over the interest of locals. Sold out the locals for a measly $1,000,000? Come on wake up! Is that all the locals are worth? We want representatives who are interested in representing the interest of natives. Get rid of all of them them! I'm a little surprised at Mitch, as if he does not know how to raise $1,000,000. God help us! oih!
    • wize up (14/02/2018, 22:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ concerned: it’s apparent you some serious issues seek professional help and leave wize up alone(thank you)...........you keep the faith alright!!!!!


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