BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, September 6, 2021 (MMS-SKN) — Residents of the West Basseterre-based St. Christopher Children’s Home were on International Day of Charity (IDC) the beneficiaries of back-to-school supplies courtesy of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP). International Day of Charity was observed on Sunday September 5.
The back-to-school programme was a joint venture of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP) National Political Leader, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, PLP Deputy National Political Leader, who is also the Area Parliamentary Representative for West Basseterre and Minister of Health et al, the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, and the Peoples Labour Party (PLP) Youth.
Making the presentation, which included school bags, exercise books, pens, pencils, geometry sets, and snacks, was the Peoples Labour Party’s Communications Officer Mr Craig Tuckett. He was accompanied by a representative of the Peoples Labour Party Youth, Mr Jeremy Burke.
“This is an initiative of charity, and as you know the Honourable Prime Minister under his Team Unity Administration continues to look for those who are most vulnerable in our society especially during these times of the global Covid-19 pandemic,” said Mr Tuckett. He added: “This is also in keeping with our party’s motto of ‘putting people first’.”
Receiving the back-to-school supplies was House Parent, Ms Shamika Caines, while giving the vote of thanks on behalf of the home residents was Master Jolonni Huggins who thanked the Prime Minister and all the other persons involved in making the timely donation to the residents of St. Christopher Children’s Home.
“We are a party for the working class people, and coming from that linage we will continue to look for our people in whatever capacity they are – their needs are needs to be addressed,” observed Mr Tuckett. “This is what we as a party will endeavour to continue to do, as we say, ‘one, one fill basket’ and so we hope that everybody will follow this idea on this day, which is held every 5th of September where we have the recognition of International Day of Charity.”
International Day of Charity (IDC) was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.
“We know that things are tough for families but anything that we thought we could have done for you, we decided to do today,” said Mr Tuckett as he directly addressed the residents of the home. “So that is why we have brought book bags, exercise books, pencils, geometry sets and also snacks – snacks that you can share throughout the month.”
The PLP official added: “Of course this will not be the end – we plan to come back later in the year with other generosities that will be given from the Prime Minister’s Office, and also from the Parliamentary Representative, and other community-minded persons in the area and also in the PLP, who decide that they need to make sure that you all are okay and that we can give in whatever way we can.”
According to Mr Tuckett, Basseterre-based Laws Bookstore also contributed to the back-to-school endeavour, and noted that, “we will continue to ask other corporate citizens who are likeminded to continue to assist in these times especially as we are endeavouring to ensure our youth, who are the future, are prepared for school work.”