Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) and LIAT provide Seasonal Community cheer

The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) and LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, continue to partner to ensure that the region’s most vulnerable children are not forgotten.

During the 2013 Christmas season, members of the LIAT crew and FDCC officials took time out to spread cheer and give gifts to over 1400 children in the Roving Caregivers Programme across Grenada, St Lucia and Dominica.

During the 2013 Christmas season, members of the LIAT crew and FDCC officials took time out to spread cheer and give gifts to over 1400 children in the Roving Caregivers Programme across Grenada, St Lucia and Dominica.

After signing a three year MOU in October 2012, LIAT and FDCC launched the Sky’s the Limit on-board donation campaign , to raise funds to provide vulnerable children with access to early chlldhood stimulation and development services, including the innovative Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP).

To date, LIAT and FDCC have raised over US$14,000, which helps to ensure that RCP children will receive the gift of a good education all year round. Some of the funds were also used to give the children a special gift delivered by members of LIAT and FDCC as they travelled to the various islands visiting many RCP families and spending time with the children who currently benefit from the Sky's the Limit campaign.

To date, LIAT and FDCC have raised over US$14,000, which helps to ensure that RCP children will receive the gift of a good education all year round. Some of the funds were also used to give the children a special gift delivered by members of LIAT and FDCC as they travelled to the various islands visiting many RCP families and spending time with the children who currently benefit from the Sky’s the Limit campaign.

According to the FDCC’s Director of Operations, Clive Murray,The Sky’s the Limit campaign allows Caribbean nationals and tourists to give back to the vulnerable children in our region and we are so pleased by the tremendous response. To date, the RCP programme alone has helped over 10,000 children in Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia and Dominica. We are now pushing to our initial target of raising US$25,000 on board LIAT flights. This will allow us to expand our services so that more children have a chance for a better start in life. We really have to thank our partner, LIAT for making this possible.”

During the tour to the three islands just before Christmas, the LIAT crew and FDCC officials travelled "across hills and valleys" bringing gifts to various communities where there were group presentations, caroling and house-to house visits in some instances. In Dominica, the team visited Monkey Hill in Marigot, the Carib Territory, Castle Bruce and Silver Lake. In St. Lucia, they were welcomed by families in Vieux-Fort, Dennery and Anse-La-Raye, while in Grenada, the team spent time in La Calome and Mt. Rich.

During the tour to the three islands just before Christmas, the LIAT crew and FDCC officials travelled “across hills and valleys” bringing gifts to various communities where there were group presentations, caroling and house-to house visits in some instances. In Dominica, the team visited Monkey Hill in Marigot, the Carib Territory, Castle Bruce and Silver Lake. In St. Lucia, they were welcomed by families in Vieux-Fort, Dennery and Anse-La-Raye, while in Grenada, the team spent time in La Calome and Mt. Rich.

LIAT representative, Louanna Haywood said, “The visits with the RCP children and their families further strengthened our commitment to the Sky’s the Limit campaign. When you see the joy on the children’s faces and you hear the stories from RCP parents about how the FDCC’s programmes are making such a difference in their children’s lives, it makes our efforts seem so worthwhile. LIAT is so pleased that we can play a part to ensure that more of our Caribbean children get the start in life they deserve.”

The FDCC is headquartered in Barbados and chaired by the CEO of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Dr Didacus Jules. For more information on FDCC’s work and how you or your organisation can play a part, visit our website at www.fdcchildren.org.

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