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Slime Queens donate $1,000 to Family Centre

A group of schoolchildren turned slime into dollars to help a charity.

The four girls and one boy, all aged between 10 and 11, made a $1,000 donation to Family Centre on New Year's Eve — all the profits made through sales of the plasticine-type play material by their Slime Queens Bermuda venture.

Honor Caesar, co-chief executive of Slime Queens Bermuda with Amaya Husband, said: “Once we had our launch, we decided that we were going to give a donation to Family Centre.

“We decided it would be a good idea because Family Centre helps to bring families together in Bermuda and they help families who don't have as much as we have.”

The children said they were happy to help tackle the problems that face some families.

Jovi Simons-Dwyer, co-manager of the mini-business, added: “Nobody's family is perfect — we all have problems.

“We are very thankful for Family Centre because they help children and children are the future.”

The three founded Slime Queens Bermuda with friends Zamaya Lightbourne and Quinton Husband last September as they enjoyed playing with the material themselves and saw a market opportunity.

Jovi is a pupil at Dalton E. Tucker Primary School and Zamaya attends the Bermuda Institute, both in Southampton.

Honor, Amaya and Quinton are pupils at Warwick Academy.

The youngsters, who all live in the same area of Southampton, promised at the launch that they would give a donation to charity.

Martha Dismont, executive director of Family Centre, said she was impressed with the group's business and their commitment to helping others.

She added: “Besides the donation, it is great to see young people doing what they love.

“The community can see that it doesn't matter what age you are, if this is your passion and what you want to do, do it.”

Ms Dismont said it was “very impressive they have started to contribute to their community at a young age”.

She added: “They are already contributing to the community. Not just the dollars and the slime, but you are contributing your wisdom and being reliable. That is important.

She told the group: “It really is a big deal to get a donation from you. You could have just gone and made money and not give back.

“I'm very proud of Bermuda's children. They are not just doing a product but they appreciate the values of doing it well.”

The youngsters said the business had taught them the importance of hard work and dedication.

Amaya and Honor had to balance school, dance classes and making slimes, but they enjoyed the work.

Honor said: “Two gallons of slime or three gallons of slime will take us at least a good four hours.

“It sounds easy, but it's not.”

The children enjoyed working as a team.

Jovi said: “It's fun being around the people I love.”

Zamaya said the group was grateful to supporters, including People's Pharmacy in Hamilton, which had given them space for pop-up shops and Phoenix Pharmacy's Annex Toys, also in Hamilton, which sold the slime.

She added: “I feel good about this donation ... I give thanks for People's Pharmacy and Annex and also our families for all their help.”

Dream team: grateful Family Centre executive director Martha Dismont, with Amaya Husband, left, Honor Caesar, Zamaya Lightbourne and Jovi Simons-Dwyer (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published January 03, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated January 03, 2019 at 7:00 am)

Slime Queens donate $1,000 to Family Centre

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