Children of Challenor Centre have a brighter Christmas – thanks to SOL, Payless ShoeSource & Variety Club

Sol and Santa teamed up on Wednesday December 5th to deliver a sackful of Christmas cheer to the children of the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre at Canefield St. Thomas.

The children of the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre enjoyed a visit from Sol and Santa during a marvelous Christmas Party on Wednesday. Here, Kirk King, Sales & Marketing Manager for SOL (BARBADOS) LTD presents Social Worker, Joycelyn Brathwaite with a gift basket, as students Shaquille Weekes (standing) and Dondre Hunte share a moment with Sol’s Carolyn Springer-Bryan.

The children of the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre enjoyed a visit from Sol and Santa during a marvelous Christmas Party on Wednesday. Here, Kirk King, Sales & Marketing Manager for SOL (BARBADOS) LTD presents Social Worker, Joycelyn Brathwaite with a gift basket, as students Shaquille Weekes (standing) and Dondre Hunte share a moment with Sol’s Carolyn Springer-Bryan.

Ms. Joycelyn Brathwaite, Social Worker of the Challenor Centre said the children had all been very good this year and so Sol and Santa decided they should all get what they wanted and have all the fun they could.

This young "princess" found the attention charming as she was fitted for new shoes in Hastings

This young “princess” found the attention charming as she was fitted for new shoes in Hastings

The children agreed and did not disappoint, screaming in delight as they enjoyed the special treats and gifts, sang their favourite songs and frolicked in the cheerfully decorated grounds of the Centre which shimmered with all the colours of Christmas.

Payless' 2nd outlet in Barbados was abuzz with the children from Challenor and staff look forward to help the youngsters once again next year

Payless’ 2nd outlet in Barbados was abuzz with the children from Challenor and staff look forward to help the youngsters once again next year

Kirk King, Sales & Marketing Manager for SOL (BARBADOS) LTD said the experience with the children had been inspirational:

“These special children gave us such a warm welcome into their lives, and exemplified the kind of passion and energy that our company readily identifies with in the development of the Sol Brand across the region. We are indeed grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their lives and we were truly inspired by them to continue our focus on establishing Sol as not only the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company, but one that is focused on delivering an enhanced level of service to the communities which we serve.”

Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Challenor Centre, Ms. Brathwaite said both the staff and children of the Centre were touched by the continued show of support from corporate Barbados:

Variety's Chief Barker Colin Brewer (in shades) with Executive Director Donnah Russell to his left, receive the vouchers for 200 needy children from Payless Hastings' Mgr Alison Haynes (2nd from Right)

Variety’s Chief Barker Colin Brewer (in shades) with Executive Director Donnah Russell to his left, receive the vouchers for 200 needy children from Payless Hastings’ Mgr Alison Haynes (2nd from Right)

We are very grateful to Sol for stepping forward this year to help make this another special Christmas for the children of the Centre. Our special needs students were ecstatic and all had a wonderful time. Moments like these are among the most memorable for us as administrators and teachers as we get to join in the satisfaction of having made a positive difference in the children’s lives. So again, our thanks to Sol for making a difference and brightening the children’s Christmas experience.”

The beaming teenager here was glad for a day outside school surroundings

The beaming teenager here was glad for a day outside school surroundings

Ms. Brathwaite also thanked others who had contributed to making the party as enjoyable and successful as it was including Country House Caterers for the delicious party treats, and Renaissance Designs who were responsible for the beautifully decorated setting.

The Challenor children’s joy did not end there – The Variety Club organised the same youngsters to visit Payless ShoeSource, Hastings Plaza, Christ Church for the “Payless Shoes 4 Kids” 2012 Christmas donation event, the first of these annual events to be held in Barbados

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