Delta Petroleum to donate financially to every Kittitian primary school
In its continued drive to support the growth and development of young people, Delta Petroleum Limited has embarked on a massive initiative in St. Kitts which will see every primary school receiving a financial donation from the company. The initiative, a brainchild of the Regional General Manager (RGM) Bevis Sylvester, was launched with Dr. William Connor Primary being the first to benefit from the project.
According to the company, 18 primary schools in St. Kitts would receive EC$400 as a gift to use for whatever purpose the learning institutions deem necessary. It was further noted that the aim of the donation is to lay the platform for other corporate companies to come forward and lend valuable assistance to the education sector, in an effort to cushion the harsh economic crisis being faced by many.
“We are cognizant of the challenges that many are facing and we know that schools are also facing equal challenges. Therefore, our Regional General Manager saw it fitting to lend valuable support and assistance to ensure that we can achieve our objective of helping those in need,” said Sharon Hobson, the company‘s Nevis Island Manager.
Hobson stressed that supporting youths and community-related activities are passionate initiatives of the Regional General Manger, who she said believes that young people are the future and they should be provided the requisite tools, skills and opportunities to make them outstanding citizens in whichever community they chose to live their adult life.
“Mr. Sylvester is a man who strongly believes in young people. Therefore, he has sought to provide the opportunities and other avenues for them to excel,” she said.
Sylvester headed a three-member delegation to the school, which included Hobson and the company’s recently-appointed Sales and Marketing Manager, Rawle Nelson. While at the school, he interacted with a number of students and spoke at length about Delta Petroleum Limited, while urging them to continue to recognize the importance of education.
The RGM assured the students of his passion and commitment to youth development and advised them to make full use of the opportunities presented to them to garner a sound a education. He also reminded them of his company’s promotion, which is geared at giving every child free popcorn on Fridays when the driver of any vehicle would have purchased $30 worth in gas or diesel.
“Remind your parents or guardians about this promotion so that they can bring you to our service station on Fridays for free pop corn. The good thing is that regardless of the number of children within a vehicle, they will all get free pop corn,” he said.
Sylvester declared that the donation forms part of his company’s continued effort in ensuring it remains supportive of community and youth related-initiatives. He pointed out that Delta Petroleum is committed, dedicated and determined to play a meaningful role, and he would like to reaffirm the company’s commitment with a view of expanding its donations and sponsorship in as many areas as possible.
“Delta Petroleum is here to stay. So regardless of what you may hear and see, we are very committed to support community enhancement,” he said.
The RGM noted that education is critically important to any nation and Delta Petroleum would continue to seek ways and avenues in supporting initiatives and projects that enhance educational development. He declared that his donation to the schools demonstrates that his company is not paying lip service to what it preaches, but rather delivers on the commitments made.
Meanwhile, in his remarks, Principal of the school Anthony Wiltshire thanked Delta Petroleum Limited and Bevis Sylvester. He said that the donation was very timely and noted that the school was saddled with some expenses and would therefore use it to cover same.
Wiltshire made an appeal to other corporate citizens to emulate Delta Petroleum, noting that there is need for companies and individuals to be partners in helping his school.
“Delta Petroleum has demonstrated what we would like other companies to do and, therefore, I am appealing to others to join Delta Petroleum in being partners. This, I am confident of, will help in ensuring that the Federation’s children can achieve their true potential,” he said.
Wiltshire declared that his school would welcome any contribution, regardless of the amount, adding that it would play a great role in ensuring the work and activities of his school are achieved.
He noted that Delta Petroleum has and continues to demonstrate its genuine support to the holistic development of young people.
“Delta Petroleum continues to lead by example as they are demonstrating their genuine support to the holistic development of young people…and, for that, I say thanks to them. I would however like to remind Delta Petroleum to continue to remember us, as I am confident that with their financial support and assistance we can continue to excel and strive in achieving our objectives,” he asserted.
The Principal also noted that there are currently 321 students enrolled at the school with a teaching staff of 21.