MONDAY, JULY 06, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – The Digicel Foundation has partnered with its parent company Digicel to continue on its mission to support the special needs community in Trinidad and Tobago. Through its new ‘Shake to Donate’ initiative, loyal Digicel customers now have a platform which directly connects them with the work of the Digicel Foundation.
Digicel customers can play the ‘Shake it’ game using the MyDigicel App, pay a bill or purchase a plan in the month of July, and the Digicel Foundation will donate TTD$45,000 to three special needs schools on behalf of these loyal customers. The donations will benefit 100 students from the New Beginnings Special School, Pointe a Pierre Special School and Tobago School for the Deaf Speech and Language Impaired.
Connecting Digicel customer to the beneficiaries through these small acts of kindness really does go a long way. Penny Gomez, CEO, Digicel Foundation shared, “We’re so grateful to our Digicel customers, it’s because of them that the Foundation can continue to impact lives across Trinidad and Tobago. ‘Shake to Donate’ really brings our customers closer to the cause, making them real partners in the service we offer at the Foundation.”
The three beneficiary schools plan to utilise the funds to prepare and properly equip their school spaces to reopen in September under the ‘new normal’. The New Beginnings School will use their funding to outfit a 40ft container at the school so that they can take advantage of the limited space on their school’s compound. The students can continue specialised classes and will have access to enough space to practice the appropriate physical-distancing measures.
Mrs. Pantin, Principal for Tobago School for the Deaf Speech and Language Impaired, expressed her gratefulness to the Digicel Foundation and to Digicel customers for providing the opportunity for them to prepare their school for Post-COVID re-opening. Their $15,000 donation will be invested in outfitting the schools with sinks in the corridors, printed charts to promote personal hygiene and social-distancing practices and other overall upgrades to the school to facilitate a safe learning environment. . Pointe-a-Pierre Special School will refurbish their school and execute repairs to a currently condemned classroom.