Thread Foundation treats campers
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:
ONE HUNDRED and twenty children spent a rewarding week at the third annual Thread Foundation summer camp in St Ann's Bay, which culminated last Saturday with a fantastic fun day at the Bamboo Beach Club in Prospect, St Mary.
The Gina Tulloch-Adams-led foundation again attracted a large turnout of kids to the camp, held once again on the grounds of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in St Ann's Bay.
"The camp was awesome, the kids came out to enjoy themselves and they did," remarked Shanique Henry, one of the senior counsellors at the camp.
"Apart from the regular things like art and craft, we taught them a lot of stuff - how to listen, how to behave in certain circumstances, how to socialise with their peers, and most importantly how to speak properly."
She said the day at the beach was also great for the kids.
"The beach is awesome!" The kids are enjoying themselves and I am enjoying myself, too. The food is great, the environment is great, so it's just awesome, totally!"
Also accompanying the kids were several other persons associated with the camp, including the kitchen staff, Karen Wisdom and Veronica Barriffe and senior executive counsellor Sharleen Henry.
"As executive senior counsellor, some of my responsibilities include planning activities for the day and making sure everything runs smoothly, children don't get hurt, and stuff like that," Henry explained.
Bus drivers, Carlton Battick of Jamaica Union of Travellers Association and Ivan Reid of Maxi Tours, played their part in the camp by transporting the children for free from St Ann's Bay to the beach and back.
"I love children a lot so it's a pleasure doing that for them. I enjoy doing things like this," Battick told Rural Xpress.
Reid explained that the operators of Bamboo Beach Club asked him to transport the kids and he did not hesitate to do it, without any charge.
Meanwhile, beach operations manager Terresha Perry said hosting the kids for free was a great way for Bamboo Beach Club to give back to the community.
Earlier this year, the beach had assisted fund-raising efforts for the camp by donating part proceeds from sales for a day at the location.
According to Perry: "We hosted an event in order to help raise some money for their summer camp, and then the owner decided to contribute a beach day for them to come and have some fun. We decided we would give them the same thing we give our guests, our local guests and our cruise ship and hotel guests and they love it!"