Freddie Munnings, chairman of the Community Footprints Committee at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, visited Every Child Counts on September 3 to distribute thirty three backpacks filled with school supplies to students. Selected as partnering schools, students of Hope Town Primary School, Cherokee Primary School, and J.A. Pinder Primary School greatly benefited along with the employees of the Club who received supplies for their children as well.
According to Munnings, the school supply drive was initiated in January 2012, and volunteers from the committee held various fundraising events like car washes, cookouts and basketball games to raise funds for the project. Additionally, Club members and local businesses made donations. As a result, Munnings said that the original target goal of $6,000 was exceeded, and more than 700 volunteer hours were recorded over the course of the fundraisers. He noted that Scotiabank made a significant corporate donation at the ceremony in Sandy Point.
“[The objective was] to provide consistent fundraising opportunities to support and fund our “School Back – Pack for a Purpose” program in August,” Munnings acknowledged. “In total, out target was to supply 100 primary school backpacks for primary level students, and 50 backpacks for high school level students – replete with age-appropriate supplies.”
Backpacks were distributed to the Ladies and Gentlemen at the Club on Aug. 6, while partnering schools received their supplies between Aug.22 and the first week of school.
“It should be noted that the rationale for inclusion of the children of the Club’s [Ladies and Gentlemen] was driven by the fact that the annual seasonal scale back for the Abaco Club is of 12 week’s duration in 2012 (from Aug. 3 to Oct. 26),’ he explained. “Many of our employees are thus either on lay-off or reduced hours during this time. With schools in The Bahamas opening traditionally during the first week in September, it is only right that the children of our colleagues be also considered as deserving of this Club initiative, especially where mom and/or dad would surely need assistance in supplying ‘back-to-school essentials.’”
Mr. Munnings concluded, “Charity as they say should begin at home especially when it supports our Employee Promise.”
Commendations were given to Freddie Munnings, who was assisted by Dennis Lightbourn, the purchasing manager, and his wife Veronica. He also thanked the Club’s Guidance Team, all Ladies and Gentlemen for volunteering, Club members and business partners on Abaco for “making this initiative a very fulfilling reality.”