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UPDATE – Garage sale in VI planned for Shaquoi Farrington

Young Shaquoi Farrington is also hoping the Virgin Islands community would be able to assist him to realise his dreams.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A garage sale has been planned in the Virgin Islands to assist young Virgin Islander Shaquoi Farrington with funds to take part in the People to People Student Ambassador Programme.

Ms. Natasha McLean, A Virgin Islander living in the United States with her son Shaquoi, said that her son, was nominated and accepted to participate in the Programme but lacked finances to do so. She had given her banking account information along with an online account, where persons can log on and make payments through the People to People website.

In a follow up with Ms. McLean, she stated that from the article, she received one donation of $310 so far, and she is thankful.

The donation was given by members of the Single Parent Group, a group she was involved with in 2002, here in the VI.

"I would like to thank the Single Parent Group for thinking of me and my family and finding a special way to donating the funds."

She stated that she continues to plan fund raisers in Ohio and that she will be organizing a car wash very soon.

She told this news site, that her family in the VI are in the process of hosting a clothing garage sale, in the efforts of providing the much needed funds to aid Farrington's trip.

In speaking with Ms. Paulina McLean-Thompson, Aunt of Natasha McLean, she confirmed that herself and other family members are in the planning stages of hosting a garage sale to help Shaquoi, but no date has been chosen on which the sale will be held.

Ms. Mclean stated that she still needs about $4000 to provide her son with the trip.

The People to People Student Ambassador Programme is at a cost of $7000.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online previously, Ms. McLean had said her son, and son of the late Relston Farrington who died tragically along with two other employees of the BVI Electricity Corporation in 2004, was nominated and accepted to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Programme in the US and she would like to gave her son the opportunity which opens the door of possibilities in education for the young Virgin Islander.

“The programme is very exciting, enjoyable and is packed with activities, he would be able to gain unique access to key people and places, develop leadership skills, gain an edge in his college admission, and will be able to strive in an increasingly competitive and globalised world. People to People is an organization that offers educational opportunities to young adults, allowing them to explore different cultures and meeting new people.”

She stated that within the programme, Shaquoi would be able to travel to Austria, Italy, Paris and Switzerland for 20 days, June 30 - July 19.

“I would like to reach out to the BVI community asking if they can help my son financially, by helping him to travel to Europe, any amount will be greatly appreciated,” said Ms. McLean.

The mother told this news site that as a single parent, going to school full time and working at a minimum wage, ‘it is hard’, however, she still tries to grant her son the opportunity for educational upliftment.

Mr. Relston “Relly” Farrington, father of Shaquoi Farrington, died on April 6, 2004.

“His dad was a worker at the Electricity Corporation in the Virgin Islands, where he died of a tragic accident, he and two other employees were burned to death in a truck, as a result of that I became a single parent.”

In an effort to raise the money on their own, they have sold snack bars, sold hand made blankets and a take-away-dinner, “but we are still not able to reach the desired goal.”

Shaquoi Farrington, nominated and accepted student of the People to People Student Ambassador Programme, expresses that he would appreciate any support from the Virgin Islands and expresses thanks in advance.

Ms. McLean, a local of the VI, hailing from East End Tortola, moved to the US to further her studies at the University of Akron, Ohio, where she studies Social Works.

If there are any questions please contact Ms. Natasha McLean via email at or 330 701 7548 or contact her cousin Jaslyn Frett, a resident in Tortola at 440-3495.

Please pledge by May 15th, 2012.

The bank account number is 585257741 with Banco Popular. Checks will have to be made out to Natasha McLean.

Alternatively, Shaqoi also has an online account set up where persons can log on and make payments through the People to People website.

Log on to (no www), enter the last name Farrington and the Delegate ID# 10150784 to donate any amount.

To find out more about People to People Ambassador Programmes visit

32 Responses to “UPDATE – Garage sale in VI planned for Shaquoi Farrington ”

  • critic (24/04/2012, 08:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    bviec shouldn't have a problem giving her a check....after all man!... they owe this youth
    • Monica (24/04/2012, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you soo much. The child dad died while on duty. Mini Social Secuirty cheque can't fend and when all is said and done, "WE THE PEOPLE OF THE BVI ARE VERY PROUD TO HAVE HIM AS ONE OF OUR OWN!" the ministers will say.
    • LEAVE IT ALONE (25/04/2012, 04:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I think if the mother cannot afford to send the child now she can leave it alone. Her situation is no different than anyone else's. The child is healty I have heard no groans about putting food on the table. I do understand her situation and I do understand it is a letter that is being sent out to all the students wether their grades are good or is a money making thing and if the mother cannot afford it she should leave the public alone. We are already in dying times and it is not that she is here in BVI giving back anything here....paying tax etc............donot put your hat where it cannot reach...what are you really teaching the child as a mother? if you need something and cannot afford it go and is not right. Letters like these comes from schools right here in TOLA. Nothing special about it........
  • Edmund (24/04/2012, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is sad that she had to come public like her people where is Myron, and Mark and the other At-Large???
    • the man (24/04/2012, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      why does the politicians have to do everything? Where are the community, churches and the likes?
      • Real People (24/04/2012, 16:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        If they cannot do it out of their hearts then they should do it because it gave them more political capital. This young man can go on to become something really great in the eyes of the world and then we would want to claim he is from here then we should help him. His father died on the job. Electricity raised our rates. They have a lot of excess, gave the child something. It is only right. If a parent can go out and go do this in public then we as a people should respond in kind and provide. What really pisses me off is the only time Virgin Islanders can come together is at a funeral. Walwyn a young person is calling. Miss the V.I will respond.
    • billy b (24/04/2012, 23:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Edmund, until you step up to the plate and give, SHUT UP
  • US Teacher (24/04/2012, 08:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These types of letters go out all the time inviting every student to attend such trips in order to be exposed to different cultures. However, because of the cost only persons that can afford such trips are able to foot the cost. There are also US scholarships that help with people to people. PS. A student grades in school has nothing to do with people to people anyone can attend.
    • ???? (24/04/2012, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And what is your damn point?
    • Parant (24/04/2012, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you cant affort it leave it alone, his life does not depand on it
      • Observer (24/04/2012, 12:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Obviously your life did not depend on school either because your illiterate behind cannot even spell what you are ROTFLMAO!!! Good gracious. Imagine you are a parent and you cannot even spell P-A-R-E-N-T....SMH LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And D-E-P-E-N-D....SMH there is no such word as depand...ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!
        • ???? (24/04/2012, 19:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          and can't spell "afford" either. It's people like you parent why children only go so far and can't optimise on their full potential. That's why we have to constantly bring in expats with social exposure. A$$
  • release (24/04/2012, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is her situation special so many other people needs help
    • out the box (24/04/2012, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      some of you so dawn jealious and bad minded for no reason....
    • cut the check (24/04/2012, 20:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      To "Release" if u didn't had nothing good to say y do u guys continue to comment, and the thing is its a good cause, if u broke just shut up this aint got nothing to do with u.
  • Peng (24/04/2012, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Release....if you had children you would understand....i would like to donate to help out this young man. Possible Vino can get his mom to setup an account whether local/international where monies can be deposited. Vino work on this quick, dont let this story die! its opportunities like these we need the community to support for the sake of our youth, in particular BVI young men. shame on you release its hard enough for his mom to come out publicly and ask for help, who know tomorrow it could be you for whatever reason!
    • billy b (25/04/2012, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Peng cant you read????? the account number is in the article, geeezzzz 585257741 with Banco Popular
      • Peng (25/04/2012, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        billy backdown bones...this was only added recently after my post!!!! so please take a breather and calm down! - but thanks for noticing after the fact - I trust u will be one of those in full support for this young man!
  • Migoman (24/04/2012, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With all due respect, I don't see the direct need or necesity. When I read the heading, I ''heart-felt'' the situation thinking that things are financially difficult considering the tragic lost and that putting food on the table and whats not was becoming a difficult task. I understand where the mom's coming from (believe me, I'm a father myself) but in this economical time we're living in, Id like to think that, that kind of funding can be applied to much more important things.
  • ausar (24/04/2012, 18:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please, at- large Ministers: Help the young mother in need. Aryo had big monies for bi-water. Find the "couple cent" for the young mother !
  • Opportunity (24/04/2012, 19:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is not a need BUT it is an excellent opportunity for him to be exposed to different cultures and experiences which many of us may not have had the opportunity to do. The mother took to the news site in order to increase her chances of getting support....I see nothing wrong with that. But, sometimes it's a real shame that you can't get that backing from your own people and see certain comments to deter you. I would advise her not to care about the nay sayers and continue to focus on what she wants to accomplish for her son. Go girl!!!
  • Hola (24/04/2012, 20:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Envy and Jealousy are simply too prevalent in the BVI. It is not a question of necessity, the point is for our community to pull together and become surrogate parents to children in the community where there exists a deficiency - in this case, a dead parent which automatically lessens the odds of success for this young man. Secondly, it must have taken a big gulp of swallowed pride for the mother to expose her hardship to the bvi community. Applaud her. Next we seem to embrace visitors and emigrants with crown land allotments, scholarships for their children, and other acts of Kindness, WHY not show kindness to a full breed Bvislander? Lastly, If more of the young men in our Bvi could go out and see that the world is not an island, guess how much more productive Bvi could be. Help the little brother out - you never know when you will need assistance of some kind.
  • good move (24/04/2012, 21:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is such a worthy cause I hope every one helps
  • grench (25/04/2012, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I need funding to go to miami. A small donation of $10000 should cover my cost. send it to account #3647891987
  • Full Blast (25/04/2012, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when it comes to children, because I have; I WILL pitch in....
  • victory in Jesus (29/04/2012, 14:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is welcome news...
  • cspan (29/04/2012, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This tells that the people of the BVI are still very generous despite the wicket apples in the bunch
  • Gina (30/04/2012, 08:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some people heartless
  • MY FAITH (30/04/2012, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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