Harlequin Hotels & Resorts make generous donation to Barbados charity

The St. Philip South Foundation for Education (SPSFE) has been the recipient of a significant donation from Harlequin Hotels & Resorts.

The former Allmanda Hotel, to be re-branded the 'H' Barbados under extensive renovation and scheduled to open in 2012

The owner and developer of the planned Merricks Resort recently purchased the Allamanda Beach Hotel in Hastings, Christ Church, and chose to donate all the hotel’s furniture, fixtures and equipment to this charitable organisation prior to extensive renovation works.

Harlequin has now commenced the BDD$11 million renovation of the former Allamanda to create their first Luxury Boutique Hotel the ‘H’ Barbados, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

Garrett Ronan, Vice President of Hotel and Resort Development said, “One of the company’s core values is to play an active part in supporting the local community in which we operate. There are so many worthwhile causes and charities. When we researched who could benefit well from this donation we found the SPSFE to be a very new and exciting community-based organisation. Their aim is to bring very specific assistance to the youth and the community in developing them and giving them educational opportunities.”

(Far right) Garrett Ronan, Vice President of Hotel and Resort Development with Harlequin Hotels & Resorts making the official handover to president of the SPSFE, Carl Mapp. Looking on (from left) are Marva Mapp secretary of the planning committee, Melvin Devonish and Jean Devonish floor members of the committee.

Harlequin and the Foundation hope to work closely to develop youth programs in the community with Harlequin’s sports and arts programs which include the Pat Cash Tennis Academy, Liverpool FC Soccer School and the Harlequin Performing Arts Academy.

President of the SPSFE, Carl Mapp, said, “The Foundation is grateful to Harlequin for this generous donation. It will go a long way in helping the charity realise its goal of enhancing the lives of residents in St. Philip by creating more access to education. We intend to donate some of the items and we have immediately identified three families who need them. We also intend to sell some of them and this will give us much needed funds to provide educational supplies for young people in the area.”

The sale of the items is expected to take place on September 10th & 11th at a venue to be announced.

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