Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | January 31, 2013
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Sun Coast Adventure Park puts the fun on hold for charity
Some of the many items donated to the All Saints Basic School in St Andrew by Sun Coast Adventure Park recently. - Contributed
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

The Sun Coast Adventure Park in Bull Bay is one of those fast-growing destinations where families can relax and enjoy themselves.

Though fun is what the park promotes, those that run the organisation are also interested in the educational development of children.

Though the Yuletide season has passed, Samantha Brandt of the adventure park, journeyed to the All Saints Basic School in St Andrew to present gifts to the students.

The first charity event of its kind for the adventure park, Brandt told The Gleaner the initiative to give toys to children was originally intended for the Christmas season.

"At Sun Coast Adventure Park, we decided that we wanted to do something for children for the Christmas holiday. What we decided to do was to advertise to all our guests that if they brought a gift for a child three to six years old, they would get free admission to the park," she said.

Brandt went on to say that they specifically requested books and toys that were educational and would help with the development of children.

Though the adventure park had initially chosen The Fair Haven Basic School to be the beneficiary of the gifts, they had more than enough gifts to share with a second basic school.

"We moved on to the African Martyrs Basic School and, when we still had so many gifts left, we called the Ministry (of Education) and they recommended the All Saints Basic School," she said.

appreciative

Class Three teacher Anthea Adams told The Gleaner the school was happy for the gifts.

"We are really appreciative. As a matter of fact, we had built a room as a resource reading centre and now Sun Coast has given us a big start, because now we have puzzles, colouring books, educational books, and a variety of stuff that would engage the students in their development," she said.

Brandt added that, though this is the first charity initiative for the adventure park, it would not be the last.

"We plan to make this an annual thing. We want to come back to All Saints and paint the school and also build bookshelves. We are also going to be focusing on other schools who are also in need as well.

"I want to thank everyone who donated, including Scotia Life, University College of the Caribbean, Palace Amusements and COOLJC Refuge Temple in Old Harbour. Thanks to all the companies and individuals who donated. We really appreciate the donations," she said.

She also encouraged persons to continue donating by emailing her at samantha@suncoastadventurepark.com.

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