Hundreds snatch up free school supplies
Around 400 children took home free school supplies courtesy of a fun day held at Victor Scott Primary School this weekend.
Saturday’s event was hosted by area MP Michael Weeks and his wife Cindy, along with charity One Community Unified.
Charity member Reverend Nick Dill described the event as an incredible success. He said it raised funds for the Pembroke school and also brought the community together.
“We had a trickle of people in the beginning, but people just kept on coming throughout the day,” Rev Dill said. “They came from all across the Island.
“Most were from the Victor Scott area, but we had people from Prospect, Southampton and [The Glebe Road area]. It’s hard to measure the success of events like this, but the children were leaving with smiles on their faces and a little more informed.”
Numerous area groups worked together to make the event a success, he said.
“The Community Action Team and the police were there and being very friendly and helpful. The Pembroke Parish Council was here helping. Everybody was out here doing their part,” he said.
The event was held last year. Organisers then expected around 250 children and were surprised to have around 300 turn out. Children were given goodie bags with school supplies and treats throughout Saturday’s event.
Uniforms and books were raffled off and other school items were offered at a low cost.
“There is clearly a demand for this sort of event,” Rev Dill said. “I think they are more needed for a number of reasons. There has been a sense that the community is very fractured, that it has become a very scary place.
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