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About 50 young anglers were treated to bags full of back-to-school supplies after an event hosted by an angling club.

The goodies were handed out by the Blue Waters Anglers Club in Pembroke.

The youngsters were given a $75 voucher for school equipment, as well as a backpack stuffed with treats.

Christianna Warren, 15, home-schooled in Hamilton Parish and last year's junior angling champion, said: “I love to fish because it is my passion, I've been doing it since I was little.

“Every time I fish, I feel more and more connected to it.

“The tournament means a lot because some children don't have the chance to go fishing and it also gives them what they need for school which is important.”

The event at the club in normal times would involve a barbecue and a prize-giving, but Covid-19 forced a rethink.

Although the club insisted it remained dedicated to promotion of the sport among young people.

Ray Bean, the club president, said: “Angling is expensive — there are a lot of children that would never get that experience because of the cost alone.

“So we put it on with a passion every year to keep the sport going and we invite children who would never get the opportunity otherwise.

“The anglers are aged between 5 and 17 years, and when they hit their teens, they go out deep-sea fishing.”

Mr Bean said: “This year, with Covid, we didn't want to risk the social-distancing on the boats and at the barbecue.

He added: “Covid has also put a financial strain on a lot of families, so even though it is not going as we normally would, we were able to add on the $75 voucher.

“We really want to give back and help the struggling families.”

Mr Bean thanked the sponsors of Saturday's event for their “unwavering support of this worthy venture”.

Organisers did not want the children to miss out on the annual prize-giving and organised a drive-by presentation of the back-to-school packs.

Parents and guardians drove up to the entrance of the club from 4pm to 5pm and about 50 junior anglers were given a backpack with a water bottle, a lanyard, bottled water, flavoured water, juice, and chips.

They also got a $75 gift voucher towards the cost of school uniforms.

Sponsors included power firm Belco, wholesaler Butterfield & Vallis, drinks firm John Barritt & Son, fuel company Rubis and athletic gear shop Sports ‘R' Us.

Helping youngsters: Blue Waters Anglers Club vice-president Troy Basden, Christianna Warren, 15, and club president Ray Bean take part in the Junior Anglers Back to School Giveaway (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Ray Bean, the president of Blue Waters Anglers Club, with Christianna Warren, last year's top junior angler, and Troy Baisden, the club vice-president (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)
Diego Martin picks up his back-to-school bag (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Troy Basden the club's vice-president, left, and Ray Bean, the club's president (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
The Blue Waters Anglers Club junior anglers' back-to-school giveaway (Photograph by Akil Simmons)




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Published August 24, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated August 24, 2020 at 1:59 pm)

Angling club donates school kit to youngsters

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