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Bermuda Is Love volunteers work with the Coalition for the Protection of Children at Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club to help pack breakfast bags (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

More than 500 schoolchildren will get breakfast packages after two organisations joined forces yesterday.

Bermuda Is Love and the Coalition for the Protection of Children spent several hours preparing the meals at Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club to ensure youngsters got a nutritious start to their day.

A spokeswoman for Bermuda Is Love said the breakfasts included a box of cereal, a granola bar, fruit juice and fruit cup, which will be distributed at Sandys schools.

Zarina Simmons, aged six, right, works with Bermuda Is Love and the Coalition for the Protection of Children to help pack breakfast bags for schoolchildren at Bailey's Bay Cricket Club. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

She added: “The event had about 25 volunteers and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

The spokeswoman said: “One of the first events that we wanted to organise was actually a school breakfast programme.

“However, due to Covid it never materialised so we decided to focus on our other events such as our trash clean-ups, clothing drives, and blood drives.

“We then learned about Sheelagh Cooper and her work with CPC and that CPC distributed breakfast to certain schools through their Breakfast for Every Child programme.

Dejon Simmons and daughter pack breakfast bags for schoolchildren (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

“So we decided that volunteering with CPC would be an excellent way to collaborate and volunteer with a school breakfast programme.”

The spokeswoman said that no child should go hungry and teaming up with the Coalition helped to prevent that.

She added: “As an organisation we believe that every person deserves to have their basic needs met. Thus, we advocate for the human right to food, clothing, housing, healthcare and a healthy environment.”

The spokeswoman said that collaboration among organisations was the key to solutions to social problems.

She added: “No one individual or group can solve these societal problems alone. By coming together we can pool our resources and hopefully have a greater impact.

Volunteers help out in a drive to provide healthy breakfasts to schoolchildren (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

“In addition, by volunteering and supporting the cause, we are directly combating child hunger and promoting human rights, which can have both social and systemic benefits.”

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Published March 21, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated March 21, 2022 at 8:54 am)

Volunteers pack a good start to the day for schoolchildren

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