With 120 students to cater to, the Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre needs all the help it can get for its breakfast feeding programme, and the critical projects that allow the institution to adequately meet the needs of students. For the last 18 years, IGL through its charitable arm, IGL Ignite Foundation has been leading a team of staff members to the institution annually, donating cash to the breakfast feeding programme and volunteering time to feed and read to the students.
The IGL executives presented a cheque valued at $300,000 to the Centre, on Tuesday, May 30 to fund the breakfast feeding programme for another year; as well as one year’s supply of LPG. Twenty volunteers including IGL staff members and IGL medical and nursing scholarship recipients from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona journeyed to the Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre and were received with open arms by the enthusiastic students and the grateful staff members.
“We are extremely proud that IGL as a corporate company responded to our plea 18 years ago to assist with providing a balanced and nutritious meal for over 60-75 students on a daily basis,” said Junior Rowe, Principal, Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre, an institution owned and managed by the St. Patrick’s Foundation. “IGL has not wavered since the start of this partnership, and that they continue to give valuable time and resources to make our breakfast feeding programme a success, even with the increase in our school population,” said Rowe who has been with the institution over 40 years.
Annakaye Tucker, Trade Marketing Manager, IGL noted, “Partnering on this initiative means that we get to play an integral role in providing quality nutrition and fuelling the start of each school day so these little ones can be prepared to take on the world.”
She added, “We have always been committed to supporting our neighbouring communities by fostering programmes that improve the educational, social, spiritual and economic welfare of students, and this one makes us especially proud to know that we are contributing to the future of our country through these students.”
Tucker noted that IGL continues to support the programme as the company’s owners, board members and staff believe in supporting the communities in which the company operate. “The St. Patrick’s Foundation, through centres such as this one, have a long and successful track record in making a difference in communities such as Riverton City and we are privileged to be welcomed here every year,” shared Tucker.
The Principal who is hailed as a community stalwart, having taught five teachers who have passed through the institution, including three of the current staff members, reflected with pride on the exponential growth he has witnessed at the institution since inception. He said students hail from Riverton Meadows, Water House, Seaview Gardens and Shanty Town respectively, and all students benefit significantly from the breakfast feeding programme.
“I want to use this opportunity on behalf of the St. Patrick’s Foundation, Board of Directors, parents, community and children to express our profound thanks and appreciation to management and staff of IGL for their continued and sustained assistance, we sincerely hope this partnership will continue for another 18 years and beyond,” said Rowe.