IGL fuels early-childhood centre with big gift
With 120 students to cater to, the Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre needs all the help it can get for its breakfast feeding programme and the critical projects that allow the institution to adequately meet the needs of students.
For the last 18 years, IGL, through its charitable arm IGL Ignite Foundation, has been leading a team of staff members to the institution annually, donating cash to the breakfast feeding programme and volunteering time to feed and read to the students.
IGL executives recently presented a cheque valued at $300,000 to the centre to fund the breakfast feeding programme for another year, and also gifted the facility with a year's supply of liquefied petroleum gas.
Twenty volunteers, including IGL staff members and IGL medical and nursing scholarship recipients from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, journeyed to the Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre and were received with open arms by enthusiastic students and grateful staff members.
"We are extremely proud that IGL, as a corporate company, responded to our plea 18 years ago to assist with providing a balanced and nutritious meal for over 60-75 students on a daily basis," said Junior Rowe, principal, Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre, an institution owned and managed by the St Patrick's Foundation.
"IGL has not wavered since the start of this partnership, and they continue to give valuable time and resources to make our breakfast feeding programme a success, even with the increase in our school population," said Rowe, who has been with the institution for more than 40 years.
"Partnering on this initiative means that we get to play an integral role in providing quality nutrition and fuelling the start of each school day so these little ones can be prepared to take on the world," said Annakaye Tucker, trade marketing manager.
Tucker noted that IGL continues to support the programme as the company's owners, board members and staff believe in supporting the communities in which the company operates.