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Kudoos to this lovely St. Lucian couple for getting our young athletes to compete on the national and international stage!

As a tribute to observe St. Lucia’s 35th Independence Day Celebrations on February 22nd, I am featuring 10 St. Lucians on my blog who are making  a positive difference in uplifting the human spirit and adding inspiration and motivation to the lives of others. Meet Martial and Martina Charlery, two ordinary people doing extraordinary work in lives of young people in St. Lucia.

Martina and Martial

They formed the Rockets Athletic Club in November 2004 as a result of requests made the by parents of the Camille Henry Memorial School, who felt that  Martial Charlery had made a significant contribution towards the training and development of the track and field athletes at the school and felt that he should continue to work with them. Never did they  think that Rockets would be what it is today!

(Athlete Nevin Kester Brian below is from Vieux fort he won the Victor Ludorum in district 6 in the under 13. He dominated at his school sports winning gold medals in all his events.)

Nevin Kester Bryan

The club can boast of having won regional and international  medals: 21 medals in Trinidad and Tobago at the Western Springfield Championships in 2007, international medals, in  2008 our primary athletes (ages 8 and under) won a team bronze in the 4 x 100 meter event, in 2010,Kamillah Monroque, won a bronze in the 800 meter, in 2012 she won a gold in the 3000 meters, and a bronze in the 1500 meter event. She also received an ESPN rising star medal. Shaquille Greenidge represented Saint Lucia at the Windward Island Games in 2013.Janille Greenidge in 2013 represented Saint Lucia at the World Youth Games in the Ukraine. And Beverly Ann Hippolyte has been shortlisted to represent st.Lucia at the Youth Olympics in China later this year.

(Janille Greenridge represented St. Lucia at the World Youth Games in the Ukraine)

Janille Greenidge

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(Above, in the middle is  Kamillah Monroques  who won gold in Orlando Florida)

The club is focused on the holistic development of every member, inclusive of the parents. Workshops are conducted not only for the athletes, but the parents as well. There are a number of social activities, (such as, trips, family day, island tours, etc) that are organized in an an effort to encourage the bonding, improving of social skills while the children develop their athletic ability. It is a family oriented club.  On top of that,  the team supports community based activities, and contributes  by making donations to the children’s home, the hurricane and flood victims, provide technical assistance to the schools in districts one and two.  They raise most of their funding through Barbeques, cake sales, raffles, talent shows etc.

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Attached to the club is a counselor, who conducts workshops, with the athletes and parents and provides counseling services once recommended by the Management Team or requested by a parent or athlete.

All the athletes have excelled at the school level in track and field, holding titles and records at that level. In February of  2013, Rockets hosted and conducted a Track and Field Development Clinic with three international Coaches namely: Peter Thompson IAAF consultant, Matt Lydum USATF Coach and Author, Dave Shrock USATF Coach and Lecturer. Teachers, athletes and coaches from across the island were invited to be part of this clinic.

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Both Martina and Martial finds working with young athletes very rewarding and would like to expand their services to build a home for Rockets with a conference room to conduct all training workshops and activities for parents and athletes, an office for the counselor, and a 200 meter track for training, and hosting of clinics and camps.  They believe that the Rockets Athletic club provides the youth with a safe place to exert energy, and be positively engaged. It allows them to learn, develop skills and identify talents within themselves.

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TuneIn today to embrace those wonderful people who StepUp to contribute to our young people. StepUp to support  them in reaching their goals.

You can contact Rockets Athetic Club at rockets_slu@yahoo.com

Here are some stories of more inspiring St. Lucians!

https://tuneinandstepup.com/2014/02/16/three-inspiring-st-lucians-in-ottawa-providing-a-culturally-rich-experience-which-brings-the-caribbean-to-the-people-of-ottawa/

https://tuneinandstepup.com/2014/02/19/want-lovely-skin-free-from-blemishes-meet-st-lucian-born-dr-gilbertha-st-rose-a-pioneer-in-the-study-of-natural-herbal-medicines/

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Love,

Magdalene

Posted in Health and Wellness, Leadership, Meet Ordinary People Doing Great Things!, People who inspire others, St. Lucia, Work

Want lovely skin, free from blemishes? Meet St. Lucian born, Dr. Gilbertha St. Rose, a pioneer in the study of natural herbal medicines.

Dr. Gilbertha St. Rose 

Dr. Gilbertha St. Rose, A St. Lucian Who Inspires Others

As a tribute to observe St. Lucia’s 35th Independence Day Celebrations on February 22nd, I am featuring 10 St. Lucians on my blog who are making (or have made) a positive difference in uplifting the human spirit and adding inspiration and motivation to the lives of others.  Meet Saint Lucian born, Dr. Gilbertha St. Rose, is a source of inspiration, for women, in particular. She is the owner of Eden Herbs and a pioneer in the study of natural herbal medicines. She rebranded her company and its products and will be launching her new brand, with a soft launch for Saint Lucia’s 35th independence anniversary and an official launch in April 2014. Eden Herbs sprouted from the Caribbean’s healthy tradition in natural herbal remedies to blossom into a unique service of health and beauty enhancement … naturally. This re-branding strategy is aimed at increasing its market share in North America.

Dr. St. Rose is passionate about herbal medicine which she describes as exciting, because there are so many health benefits and the line of products has something to offer to everyone. She believes that a healthy person is essentially beautiful, in a state of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing which is manifested through lovely skin – skin free from blemishes, spots, pimples, and rashes. The countenance or expression is the result of an inner peace, which is possible when one is at peace with oneself, God and their fellow human being. The positive mental attitude, which overcomes or accepts difficulties in faith and hope, is another important ingredient for this inner peace. Eden Herbs, strive to enhance your health and beauty, by using completely natural products in agreement with your body and mind.

“Our motivation is to restore a patient to the maximum possible state of personal well-being. Herbal remedies do not have the aggressive and invasive action of modern drugs. Instead, they provide the necessary trace elements, vitamins and medicinal substances in a harmonious whole, so as to return you to full health” Dr. Gilbertha St. Rose

Dr. St. Rose practices Integrative Medicine privately in Vieux Fort and is the Chief Executive of herbal manufacturing and distribution enterprise – EDEN HERBS. Dr. St. Rose is also the past president of Caribbean Association of Researchers and Herbal Practitioners [CARAPA] and president of Caribbean Association for Plant Science, Industry, Commerce and Use in Medicine. [CAPSICUM]. Dr. St. Rose is the holder of a Diploma in Phytotherapy, from the College of Phytotherapy [Herbal Medicine] – Sussex, England,  a Diploma in Practical Dermatology from the University of Wales School of Medicine, General Practice Training at St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London, [Commonwealth Scholar award], Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery[{M.B.;B.S.] – University of the West Indies, Distinction in Anatomy, Canadian International Development Agency [CIDA] award, based on the UWI open scholarship examinations. Finally, Dr. St. Rose is the past president Rotary club St Lucia South.

Dr. St. Rose continues to serve her island, Saint  Lucia, in the area of Integrative Medicine and also as an entrepreneur. She is also very active in her community by demonstrating social responsibility through voluntary organizations like Rotary Club, St. Lucia South. As St. Lucia prepares to celebrate its 35th independent anniversary, Dr. St. Rose stands out as a pioneer in her field, a mother of four and a corporate citizen.

Visit Eden Herbs: http://www.edenherbs.com/

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TuneIn today to all the people who have been instrumental in shaping your life!  StepUp to express  gratitude to them and let them know how they inspired your life.

You can also support my Ist TuneIn and StepUp Challenge by joining us for our Independence Day Gala here in Ottawa where we will further celebrate St. Lucia and St. Lucians. Read more: https://tuneinandstepup.com/2014/02/07/my-1st-tunein-and-stepup-challenge-for-2014-supporting-20-families-who-have-been-affected-by-flooding-in-st-lucia/

This week we have recognized four other St. Lucians  who inspire others through their lives.

Read more here:

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https://tuneinandstepup.com/2014/02/16/three-inspiring-st-lucians-in-ottawa-providing-a-culturally-rich-experience-which-brings-the-caribbean-to-the-people-of-ottawa/

Mrs. Louis

https://tuneinandstepup.com/2014/02/17/recognizing-mrs-ruth-magdalena-louis-a-retired-st-lucian-school-principal-who-save-me-and-inspired-my-life-and-the-lives-of-many-others/

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Love,

Magdalene

Posted in International Initiatives, Leadership, Meet Ordinary People Doing Great Things!, People who inspire others, St. Lucia, Work

Recognizing Mrs. Ruth Magdalena Louis, a retired St. Lucian School Principal who saved me and inspired my life and the lives of many others!

As a tribute to observe St. Lucia’s 35th Independence Day Celebrations on February 22nd, I am featuring 10 St. Lucians on my blog who are making (or have made) a positive difference in uplifting the human spirit and adding inspiration and motivation to the lives of others. Today, I would like to recognize Mrs. Ruth, Magdalena Louis, whom most of us know as Ms. Brett, who was the principal of the Augier Combined School from 1970 – 1979. She in now 76 and I feel blessed that she is still with us and I can say thank you to her for the great impact which she had on my life as a little girl of 3 years old and which until today, she has no idea about!

“Thank you Ms. Brett!  Your gentleness, sweetness and empathy for me and others, left an imprint on my life, which I use every day to further help others.  By breaking the ‘rules’ you saved me.”

( Mrs. Ruth, Magdalena Louis below embracing her daughter Kay at Kay’s Graduation as a lawyer.)

Mrs. Louis

Here is my recollection of what happened.

My earliest memory of myself  is about 3 and a half years old and it is still quite vivid. My mom had six of us and I was the 4th girl.  Every morning she walked the three older girls to the Augier Combined School where they all attended school.  I was too young to go to school so she would carry me on her hips back to our house which was about  20 minutes away.  Every morning, we went through the same drama – she would let the older girls go the school yard and I would start my yelling and screaming, “I want to go to school too!”  One day, she lost all patience with me.  In my screaming match at the house, she hitched me back on her hips and walked back down the road shouting, “You want to go to school… I will take you to school.” Of course, I got a few spanks along the way too.

And that was the day, I met Ms. Ruth, Magdalene Louis, whom we knew as Ms. Brett.  My exasperated mother went to her office (with a dishevelled me) and bluntly said, “Do you have space for this child?  Every day she cries that she wants to go to school. I don’t know what to do with her!” 

It was the gentleness in Ms. Brett’s eyes I will never forget.  She looked at me in the sweetest way and said, “You want to go to school my child?”  It was the look that said, “Poor child, I need to save you and save your mother too!”

I nodded “yes.”

Now, I think that my mother’s plan was get me to hear Ms. Brett say that she could not accept me because I was too young to be accepted at the school and the morning drama would stop.  Surprisingly, Ms. Brett told my mother to leave me with her that day and she would find a space for me. (On  that day, I learnt that rules could be broken because my mother told me all along that the school would not accept me because I was not 5 years old yet.)

That was the first time Ms. Brett saved me.  She saved me from staying home with my mother!  She placed  me in Stage1 and I remember overhearing her conversation with the teacher. “Just keep her in your class because she is too young for us to register her.” 

I loved Ms. Brett because she was so sweet and kind to me.  She looked out for me because I suppose she knew that I was just a baby really.  There were two situations where she intervened and I will never forget them because to a larger extent it  inculcated in me a deeper sense of empathy towards the vulnerable, simply because she stood up for me.

The first instance was being in that Stage 1 class.  The teacher was not at all pleasant to me.  Maybe she did not like me because I was not supposed to be in school.  Every single day, she would beat me on my head with an open Math book.  It would start out with her calling out the name of each student and  would hand them their Math book.  She would deliberately ignore me when my hand went up and then after handing out all the books except mine, she would say, “Why didn’t you raise your hand?” and before even hearing my answer, she would beat me with the my Math book on my head. I hated that math period.  I hated being beaten and I felt powerless.

One day  Ms. Bret walked into the class just when the teacher was about to hit me. I heard her voice say, “Why didn’t you give her the Math book? She raised her hand.”  From that day on, the beating stopped but this created a lifelong trauma for me with Mathematics and with that teacher.  That was the second time Ms. Brett saved me!

Since I was not an “officially registered” student, by the time I was ready to move to the next grade, she placed me in Stage 2B.  Back then the classes were graded A and B, with the “bright students” going to A and the “not too bright” one going to the B class.  The Stage 2B teacher was sweet and loved me.   Her name was Ms. Edith. I loved being in her class and I won all the prizes for spelling and daily quizzes.  By the time that year was over, I had figured out the “A” and “B” system and I knew that I did not belong to a “B” class.

The following school year, I was determined to go to Stage 3B but didn’t know how to do it. One morning, it dawned on me that maybe all I needed to do was just simply go to the Stage 3A line… and I did just that!  That morning, my move caused a huge commotion in the school yard.  The students in the Stage 3B line started shouting, “Magdalene, come back to your line,” and the students in the Stage 3A line were yelling, “Magdalene, this is NOT your class… go back to your line!”  I remained rooted with my little bag on the Stage 3A line.

That was the 3rd time Ms. Brett saved me.  She came over and said, “Why are you not on your line?” Again, in her  gentle, sweet voice.

“I want to go to Stage 3A,” I answered.

“O.k. You go there only for the morning, but in the afternoon you will have to go back to your class.”  She said a bit more firmly.

The students were all shocked but I felt  elated that I could go to the “A” class.  She spoke to the teacher.  That very day, I got a beating from the  Stage 3A teacher because I could not spell the word “umbrella” which we had not learnt yet in  Stage 3B!  Stage 3A was quite  a learning curve for me!

I never went back to Stage 3B.  I remained in Stage 3A.  No one ever told me to go back.  I have no idea what Ms. Brett did but she always smiled at me when she run into me at the school.  I continued my education as an A student.  I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had remained in Stage 3B.

Those examples I have mentioned above may seem to be quite trivial but they were critical in my development as a child. I am grateful to Ms. Brett because as a  head teacher she did not have to break those school rules, but she did to give me a chance and to give my mother a break. She did not have to stop the teacher from beating me – she could have ignored it, but she challenged the teacher and protected me.  She did not have to let me stay in Stage 3A but she never bothered to send me back to Stage 3B.  Most of my life I have worked with vulnerable people – both children and adults.  Often enough I have broken a rule to support someone else to get to his or her goal and I often draw strength  from people like her, who did what they needed to do for  others with humility, integrity and genuine concern.

“Thank you Ms. Brett!  I have never told you this story but I am so glad that I have finally let you and the world know, that you are indeed a beautiful and gentle soul, and I was truly blessed to have you in my life at such a young age.  Thank you!”

(The picture below is of the beautiful family with her husband Watson Louis, amazing children, in-laws and grand children.)

Mrs. Louis with family

Sons and daughters of St. Lucia, love the land that gave us birth….keep on flying high!

As we celebrate 35 years of independence, let us all remember that our greatness is in our service to others!

(My mom and I below – I know about the boobs – it’s o.k. It is my favourite picture with her and that makes the boobs o.k  :))

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TuneIn today to all the people who have been instrumental in shaping your life!  StepUp to express  gratitude to them and let them know how they inspired your life.

You can also support my Ist TuneIn and StepUp Challenge by joining us for our Independence Day Gala here in Ottawa where we will further celebrate St. Lucia and St. Lucians. Read more: https://tuneinandstepup.com/2014/02/07/my-1st-tunein-and-stepup-challenge-for-2014-supporting-20-families-who-have-been-affected-by-flooding-in-st-lucia/

Yesterday, we recognized three St. Lucians in Ottawa who are making waves in using their talent to bring a Caribbean cultural experience to people in Ottawa.  Read more here: https://tuneinandstepup.com/2014/02/16/three-inspiring-st-lucians-in-ottawa-providing-a-culturally-rich-experience-which-brings-the-caribbean-to-the-people-of-ottawa/

Spread the good karma by sharing this blog! You can also FOLLOW the blog by subscribing to it (on the side bar) or LIKE our  FB page!

Contact me if you would like me to highlight someone you think is truly inspiring!

Love,

Magdalene

Posted in Great Initiatives, International Initiatives, Local Community Initiatives, Motivation, Work

My 1st TuneIn and StepUp Challenge for 2014: Supporting 20 families who have been affected by flooding in St. Lucia

Every single day I ask myself, “What can I do to create a positive change in someone else’s life?”

Sometimes, it is as simple as having a conversation or buying a coffee for someone.  Sometimes it is taking care of myself so that I can have the energy to take care of others.  Sometimes, it is being strict with my children to make sure that I fulfill my responsibilities as a parent to raise them to be responsible citizens. Sometimes, it is as complex as my job in helping others reach their employment goals.

This month, I have taken on a new  challenge – my challenge is to support 20 families in St. Lucia who were affected  by a trough on December 24th, 2013.  This trough created havoc on the island, caused flooding which destroyed hundreds of homes and infrastructure to the cost of  one hundred million dollars. Although there has been support to victims from the international community, I feel compelled to do something which will offer some relief to families who have lost their belongings and are trying to rebuild their lives.  St. Lucians all over the world have been doing the same!

I  teamed up with the St. Lucia Ottawa Association, which is also fund-raising to aid flood victims too. I engaged with my amazing work place,  colleagues and  friends to join in the challenge.  My colleague Jack DuJong who is the head of our fund-raising committee at work,  happily headed the first initiative for the challenge – a potluck fund-raising lunch on February 5th.

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(Jack and I above with the amazing german, chocolate, caramel walnut cake,which Unita Louis donated to the raffle)

Our colleagues supported it, brought in great food and donated great items of clothing, food, toiletries and bedding for our 20 families. We run a raffle with the top prize being 2 tickets to the St. Lucia Independence Day Gala on February 22nd at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.  Unita Louis donated two amazing cakes (one which we raffled), plus a basket of the most delicious bread to sell!  We presented a video about St. Lucia and promoted the island as a top destination for travel!

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It was an amazing and successful lunch filled with positive energy and a great spirit of community.

The results:  We raised $612 plus collected lots of great clothing items, toiletries and bedding for our 20 families and even sold some more tickets for the gala!  I think that everyone now has St. Lucia on their list of travel destinations!

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(presenting Nathalie Perterkin, Chair of the entertainment committee of the ST.Lucia Ottawa Association, with the funds)

My challenge will continue until the end of February by which time I hope to have enough items of food, clothing, toiletries and bedding  to give to those twenty families on behalf of all of us.  Through the St. Lucia Ottawa Association, we have secured free shipping of the goods to St. Lucia.

How can you help?

  • You can contact me if you would like to make a donation.
  • You can contact the St. Lucia Ottawa Association, which is a registered charitable organization and make your donation through their PayPal account.  Check out the link: http://www.stluciaottawa.com
  • You can buy a ticket for the St. Lucia Independence Day Gala in Ottawa on February 22nd.  It is always a great evening filled with entertainment and  I love the dancing part at the end of the night! It is also at a great place – The Westin Hotel!

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To learn more about the trough which affected St. Lucia, you can access the following links:

Press Release by the Government of St. Lucia

http://www.stlucia.gov.lc/resource/%E2%80%9Cwe-mourn-together%E2%80%9D-address-hon-kenny-d-anthony-prime-minister-saint-lucia-recovery-efforts

Video Footage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI7ES5siOgs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TcTZb3xDLs&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f47L05LAF8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvdd6UhIUjE

TuneIn to “something” which you can work at to make a difference in the lives of others!  StepUp and  take a small action step to move that “something” to reality.  What is your challenge for this year?  Want to join me on my 1st Challenge?

Love,

Magdalene

Posted in Great Initiatives, Uncategorized

A great partnership effort which brought smiles to the faces of children in St. Lucia. Children received bicycles and toys!

Christmas 2013,  St. Lucian children from across the island received bicycles, thanks to the great partnership efforts between Wilson Jn. Baptiste, Founder of The Gems of St. Lucia, Taj Weekes, the newly appointed UNICEF Champion for Children, his children’s charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) and JetBlue Airways. JetBlue transported the bicycles to St. Lucia and the Annual Children’s Christmas Party was hosted  by Helen Television System and Rise St. Lucia.

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Wilson Jn. Baptiste  and Taj Weekes are St. Lucians living in New York who constantly find small and big ways to reach out to the community. Both are excited to be able to work on this project together although they have each done separate projects in the past. In 2010 Wilson initiated his first toy drive in New York for St. Lucia. He sourced toys for the Annual Christmas Party for Helen Television System and was able to partner with Pastor Gilford T Monrose, President Mt. Zion Church of God (7th Day Adventist) who donated a suitcase of toys. After this first toy drive, Wilson went back to school to study for his Master’s Degree in Tourism Management. His studies kept him busy until now.

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Wilson is happy that less fortunate children recieved bicycles this year. He believes that this initiative is a strong example of a strategic partnership which demonstrates the magic that can happen when like-minded people and institutions come together on a mission to help one of the most vulnerable groups – children, especially at this festive time of year.

“The image of a bright smile on a child’s face, who thought that he/she would not be receiving a gift this Christmas; the sigh of relief, on a parents’ face, who thought that he/she would have to make the difficult choice between a toy and ham this Christmas. This year is of particular significance due to the news of adverse economic conditions which the island is currently experiencing. I want to make a difference in the life of a child and a family. If each of us contributes a little to the initiative then we can bring happiness to many people.”

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Taj Weekes is a world-renowned musician, singer and songwriter. He is involved in several initiatives in St. Lucia through his U.S. based not for profit organization, TOCO. TOCO is dedicated to improving the lives of Caribbean children through sports, health and enrichment programs. In 2011, he launched the TOCO Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Each toy drive has a theme that promotes exercise and healthy living. In 2011, he donated 600 soccer uniforms and soccer balls. In 2012 he donated scooters and helmets and now in 2013, it is bicycles.

St. Lucia has the highest rate of diabetes in the world,” Taj said. “As part of my mission, I would like to see the children of St. Lucia become more active and riding a bicycle is one of the activities that they can engage in and also have fun with.”

For Taj, this initiative is also deeply spiritually rooted as he has made it big in the music industry but he is very much grounded in his core values.

“We are our brother’s keepers. To whom much is given, much is expected. I can help and I will do whatever is in my power to help the children of St. Lucia. After all, how many more things do I need? I can’t drive 5 cars, I don’t need 5 cars… but I can make a contribution at home.”

JetBlue Airways has regular flights to St. Lucia and was happy to partner with Wilson and Taj on this project.

JetBlue team

“Our mission is to Inspire Humanity both in the air and on the ground. We live, work and volunteer in the communities we serve. We are excited to work with The Gems of St. Lucia to bring 150 bikes to less fortunate children. Youth initiatives are a core pillar of corporate social responsibility program. Our crew members are dedicated to causes that support and encourage children and education. Our crew members are excited to deliver these bikes just in time for the Children’s Annual Christmas Party,” said Janid Ortiz, JetBlue’s manager of regional marketing.

In St. Lucia, Helen Television System and Rise St. Lucia are elated  about the partnership efforts as well.

“ This represents the 3rd such collaboration with Taj Weekes and the TOCO foundation. This year, in addition to handing out bicycles to less fortunate kids at an open air free Xmas party, schools such as the Dame Pearlette Primary School, the Grande Riviere Primary, the St. Lucia Crisis Centre and Faces of Cancer foundation will all receive bikes for their “Kids after school programs”, which caters for less fortunate kids.”  said Valarie Albert, HTS, St. Lucia.

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Away from home, it is heartening to see the commitment of persons like Taj and Wilson to give to the children in St. Lucia. Having established a partnership with fellow philanthropic organizations such as Rise St. Lucia and Helen Television System, their message to the public is simple:  a small gesture can go a long way. Take time out to hug a child…take time out to smile to a child….take time out to let the least fortunate know that things will get better.

The children of St. Lucia and children globally deserve more than toys for Christmas. They must be assisted throughout the year. As a result, the team which produced the results for the toy drive for 2013, will not end its contribution after Christmas. Plans are already underway to determine areas of assistance for the children of St. Lucia and globally, using the team’s expertise and resources. More partners are invited to assist and contribute to the cause of the children.

They would like to thank everyone who has been a part of this initiative: JetBlue, Helen Television Service, Rise St. Lucia, Radio One Hundred, Valerie Albert, Dr. Stephen King, and Jaqueline Bird.

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TuneIn to the needs of those who are less fortunate than you during this Christmas season. What can you do to make someone’s day brighter? StepUp and take one small action step. You have it within your power to make a positive difference in your corner of the world! We should all strive to leave this world in a better shape than we found it for the sake of the next generation. This shape should take the form of a cleaner environment, peace and a world that can sustain its resources.

About The Gems of St. Lucia:

The Gems of St. Lucia identifies tourism products which have the attributes of providing warm, highly personalized, quality service and accommodation in an intimate and alluring setting. The focus is on comfort, beauty and a true sense of relaxation. We fill a gap during the slow season in the hospitality sector in St. Lucia, and more precisely, in the hotel sector by engaging with international markets to promote St. Lucia as a prestige destination of choice. We achieve this through the creation of global marketing consulting teams which involves St. Lucians and friends of St. Lucia.

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Contact:
gemsofstlucia@gmail.com
 Tel: 646-678-6154
 www.gemsofsaintlucia.com

About TOCO:

They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) is a 501(c)(3), U.S. based, not-for profit organization co-founded by St. Lucian musician Taj Weekes and attorney Shirley J. Menard. TOCO’s mission is to raise awareness and address the issues that affect Caribbean youth through comprehensive projects and initiatives on every island in the Caribbean. TOCO’s projects range from after school sports programs, a diabetes awareness initiative, a domestic violence awareness campaign, and artistic programs. TOCO is dedicated to improving the lives of Caribbean youth through sports, health and enrichment programs

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Contact:
They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO)
27 Edgewood Place
Great Neck, New York 11024
1-917-488-5982
info@theyoftencryoutreach.org

JetBlue Airways:

JetBlue Inspring Humanity since 2000

http://www.jetblue.com/flying-on-jetblue/

http://www.jetblue.com/corporate-social-responsibility/

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