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President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Lalu Vaswani, presenting Director of the Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre, Cheryl Rock, with a cheque in support of the Centre’s work. Looking on is Gillian Best – Tasker, Admin Manager, Front House Marketing; Lisa Gale, Executive Director of BCCI; and Roger Blackman, Vice President of BCCI


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BCCI donates to Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre


The Barbados Chamber of Com-merce and Industry (BCCI) has reached out to the Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre.

Yesterday, President of the BCCI, Lalu Vaswani presented Director of the Centre, Cheryl Rock with a cheque in support of the worthwhile work being carried out there.

It was revealed that the donation was made possible through the second annual Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry Charity Golf Tournament, held last November, which saw golfers coming out in their numbers to assist the Centre which provides a full-time early stimulation programme for infants and children with disabilities, from birth to five years.

After a tour of the Perry Gap, Roebuck Street facility, Mr Vaswani described the six year operation as very impressive.

“Going through each of the classrooms you can feel the love and see the care the children receive and that to me is fundamental.”

“We will very much like the opportunity to be part of what is going on at the Centre, and to share your message to others so they can appreciate how much they have.”

Rock thanked BCCI for the donation, and acknowledged that the Centre is probably one of a kind in the Caribbean.

“Here at the Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre we support the child’s social and emotional development, we support their physical development and the challenges the child may have; as well as their academic growth. We do not push the academics unless the child is ready for that stage. We may not have a lot of children who are going to sit the 11 plus, but we have children who are so well rounded,” she expressed.

Rock also pointed out that students age five to 11, enrolled at the John Payne School for Exceptional Children, also on the same compound; will soon have a continuing education programme, once again initiated through the generosity of the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust.

“Hopefully by next year September we will have the 11 and Up school. It will run like an academic school, and the students will be learning a skill,” she noted. (TL)

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