The Rotaract Club of Georgetown Central (RCGC) on Saturday August 20, 2016 conducted its Operation B.O.O.S.T. project at Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast, which saw the distribution of 150 backpacks and stationery supplies along with the sprucing up of the community’s nursery school.
Under the theme, “Through doing better and being better, we will make Lima Sands better”, Operation B.O.O.S.T. was held in collaboration with the RCGC’s parent club, the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central. According to Community Service Director, Sheena Mclean, the abbreviation “B.O.O.S.T.” represented ‘back to school’; ‘outreach’; ‘outdoor playfield construction’; ‘service provision’; and ‘togetherness’.
The project aimed not only to extend the club’s reach by providing assistance to a distant community but also to promote well-roundedness of the pupils through the provision of outdoor playfield equipment; brightening of the interior walls; and renovation of the library area.
On Saturday, approximately 90 volunteers, including those from RCGC; the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central; the Rotaract Club of Georgetown; Leo Club of Essequibo; and Suddie Hospital, turned out at the Lima Sand Nursery and Primary Schools to play their parts in preparing pupils for the upcoming school term.
“The rationale behind this project was to ensure that the children of the Lima Sands Nursery and Primary Schools have the basic school items and other stationery supplies to enhance their overall learning abilities and to ease the burden of cost on their parents,” RCGC President, Cecil Maxwell, explained. He continued, “We also wanted to create a child-friendly environment so that the children can be able to have a balance of both academic and non-academic learning.”
Pupils from the nursery level and from Grades 1 through 6 received a total of 150 backpacks filled with stationery supplies. Shoes were also distributed as part of the project.
Additionally, the nursery school’s compound received a facelift through the provision of a swing set; seesaw; and a crawl tube. These outdoor equipment, along with the interior walls and furniture, were painted by the volunteers on site.
Salome Persaud, Headmistress of the Lima Sands Nursery School, expressed extreme gratitude for the assistance provided. She explained that the school had been in “dire need” of the outdoor equipment since, previously, the compound had just contained sand.
“This is very, very good for our community,” she said, before adding, “We’re now developing so I think all of these…would give the building an enrichment and make it much more child-friendly.”
Meanwhile, the adults of the community also benefited through a medical outreach conducted at the Suddie Hospital. Led by Dr. Karen Boyle of Rotary Georgetown Central, the volunteering team provided a number of services, including blood pressure and sugar tests. The outreach served to educate the community on the importance of healthy lifestyles and was deemed an overall success. Personnel from the Suddie Hospital were also on hand to provide their assistance.
Furthermore, this project would not have materialised were it not for the generosity of sponsors. The sponsors included, Food for the Poor; Giftland Mall; King’s Jewellery World; the National Communication Network; Courts Guyana;
Muneshwar’s Travel Service; Brandsville Hotel; Continental Group of Companies; YAMs Liquor Store; Ministry of Education; Rotaract Club of the University of Guyana; FedEx Express; the Good Morning Show – Essequibo; Ravi D. Promotions; and the Suddie Hospital. Additionally, nearly two dozen individuals provided sponsorship, including First Lady Sandra Granger and Regional Executive Officer of Region #2, Rupert Hopkinson.