SVL gives $650,000 to Gift of Love for Nine Turns Basic School
Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) Corporate Communications Officer, Stephanie Todd (left), Ayesha Allen of the Gift of Love Foundation and Collette Nevers, Principal of the Nine Turns Basic School take a photo with students.
Days after its recently concluded back-to-school outreach, #SimplyVestedInLove, Supreme Ventures has donated over half a million dollars in vouchers to a local charitable organization, Gift of Love Foundation, to assist students of Nine Turns Basic School in Nine Turns, Clarendon.
The donation, valuing $650,000 was made recently at the school, to one of the founders of Gift of Love, Ayesha Allen, while students, parents and teachers looked on.
Supreme Ventures reached out to the Gift of Love Foundation after hearing about their work with the school, which focused mainly on buying shoes and other items for each of the 35 students. Having just assisted over 200 students with over $2 million in back to school assistance through its #SimplyVestedInLove programme, Supreme Ventures was more than willing to assist the Gift of Love Foundation in this effort.
Assistant Vice President, Group Corporate Communications, Simone Clarke-Cooper says there were many similarities between Gift of Love and #SimplyVestedinLove which made the synergy a natural one.
“What drew us to the Gift of Love Foundation was the way they focused on performing small acts of kindness to make a big difference in the lives of the children of Nine Turns. #SimplyVestedInLove shares this philosophy. When we saw what Ayesha was trying to do, we were moved to support the efforts at the school,” Mrs. Clarke-Cooper said.
The assistance given to the Gift of Love included vouchers that will allow for the procurement of stationery, books and any other items needed for students and the school for the next two years.
“This is the biggest donation we have received so far. We really appreciate it and to know that it is something long term and can sustain them for a good period of time is very important to us,” Ms Allen said.
In a similar fashion to the online based #SimplyVestedinLove, Ms. Allen explained that the Gift of Love Foundation accepts nominations through its Facebook page from persons who are seeking help for others in their community,
“We had a call for nominations on our social media and we asked persons to nominate schools that they thought would need assistance and we specified rural schools. Based on all the nominations we received, we chose Nine Turns Basic School. The children are so smart so I’m so glad we chose them so they can get the assistance they need to further their education,” she said.
Part of the assistance Supreme Ventures has provided to Nine Turns Basic School and the Gift of Love Foundation directly relates to their shoe drive for the new school year.
“We have gotten each student a pair of shoes. This the fourth back to school initiative we are doing and we realized that back-to-school means more than just books. We realize that sometimes they can’t go to school because they don’t have any shoes or are hungry so this time we took it a step further and included shoes and food as well,” she said.
“We have just concluded our own initiative where we assisted over 236 students to go back to school but when we saw a new Foundation, made up of persons just trying to make a difference, we felt compelled to jump in and assist in any way we could. We commend Gift of Love for the difference they have made in the lives of this school and its students. We were happy to support them!”, Clarke-Cooper said.