More than 400 children from the Tiger Bay area were the recipients of stationery packs and food supplies following an initiative by the Giftland Office Max, which joined with the Guyana Red Cross and Mr. Ryan Singh of the Escape Café EBD.
The event had its genesis on June 19, last, when the Human Resources Office of Giftland Office Max, Jade Beepat, organised a talent night at the Shangri-La Resort, Montrose East Coast Demerara. Several popular artistes performed before an audience of about 200 spectators and the proceeds were used to purchase backpacks, stationery and school supplies for residents of the Tiger Bay community.
The organising committee had planned to identify no more than two members of each household.
Giftland’s Marketing Manager, Compton Babb, explained that more than $200,000 was raised from the initiative but the management of his organisation decided to pitch in another $300,000 so that every household receive a gift.
More than 260 benefited from the exercise.
Among the artistes participating in the talent show were Big Red, Chow Pow, Ron Robinson, X-factor Dance Company, Crystallite Dance Group, and Michael Smith on the steel pans. Spectators were also treated to an imitation Michael Jackson dance by eleven year-old Marcus St Clair.
Yesterday, Tiger Bay residents flocked the Giftland Water and Holmes Streets office to receive their gifts.
Apart from some minor glitches where some persons collected their allotment and returned for more, the event went smoothly. Because of the dishonest acts by groups, some legitimate persons were unable to access gifts.
Nevertheless, Ms Jade Beepat felt that the activity was successful and managed to achieve its objective. She said that her company was extremely delighted to have been able to contribute to the welfare of the children of the Tiger Bay community.
Ms Beepat affirmed that because of the success of the activity the organisers have assented to a yearly function of this nature.
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