UWI Guild gives back at Christmas

Published: Monday | December 16, 2013 Comments 0
Royanne DeSilva, external affairs committee chairperson for the University of the West Indies, Mona, Guild of Students, hugs two children at the SOS Children's Village in St Andrew yesterday, before presenting them with Christmas gifts. The students of the UWI Guild had brought goodies for the children. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
Royanne DeSilva, external affairs committee chairperson for the University of the West Indies, Mona, Guild of Students, hugs two children at the SOS Children's Village in St Andrew yesterday, before presenting them with Christmas gifts. The students of the UWI Guild had brought goodies for the children. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

The Guild of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, brought Christmas cheer to youth at the SOS Children's Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew, yesterday.

Their 'Army Of Good' brought presents, treats, and even Santa Claus to the 80 children at the home.

Royanne DeSilva, the Guild's external affairs chairperson, said the Christmas treat was an annual event.

"Most of the time, the treat is for children and I think it should be for the most part because that's what Christmas is really all about," she said. "As a child growing up, it was so much more significant and I feel like that group should definitely be focused on."

This is the first time the group was having the treat at the village.

Assistant mother of the home, Pauline Douglas, said the staff and children were happy persons were not forgetting them during the season.

"It's great to know you have others on the outside coming in to share with the children," she said. "And the children feel at home knowing that somebody is always there for them."

She noted two other groups had visited the home on Saturday, also bringing gifts and good vibes.

"Next Sunday, we have another group coming again, and we have others coming in doing the same thing, giving them the real feeling of Christmas." President of the UWI Mona Guild, Terron Dewar, reiterated that giving back was high on its agenda, including its Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) programme where 150 persons come on Saturdays at the campus for tutorials in various subjects. DeSilva also pointed to other recent Guild events, including feeding of the homeless in Montego Bay last week and hosting Humanitarian Day in October, where every UWI student was encouraged to do a good, meaningful deed on the day.

"And remember, this is prime exam time, so it's special that university students take the time out to come here today, stop studying a little, help out, and just have a good time," she said.



 

 



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