WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 2022: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – The Pembroke Cultural Stars now have a comfortable, well-appointed, and secure venue for their activities, thanks to a generous grant of $100,000 from the Digicel Foundation.
As part of its EPIC programme, the Foundation provided the funds to the Pembroke Cultural Stars of the Trinidad and Tobago Association for Responsible Persons (TTARP) to complete the new Seniors’ Activity Centre. The group installed a roof, windows and doors, as well as plastering the inner and outer walls, tiling the floors, and putting in plumbing, electrical and toilet facilities. The space and initial funding were provided by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
The Centre was officially opened on April 29. Digicel Foundation Board Director Georgina Peterkin said, “Standing in this room here warms my heart, because it demonstrates how a little support with the right kind of energy can transform a shell of a building. My heart is also warm knowing that the Digicel Foundation and, by extension, Digicel cares so much to take a chance and partner on a project that will impact the lives of senior citizens in Tobago. It feels good to be both a Digicel employee and a Tobagonian and to be here with you today to share in this milestone.”
Also in attendance were Mr Horace Barton from the Tobago Association of the Elderly (TATE), Ethlyn John, THA Chief Administrator, THA Secretary of Health, Wellness and Social Protection Dr Faith B.Yisrael, and Digicel Foundation Operations Manager Cindyann Currency.
Secretary of the Pembroke Stars, Carmen Charles expressed her pleasure in working with the Digicel Foundation. “We are very grateful, not only for the funding, but also for how they walked us through each stage of the project so we were able to reach this far,” she said.
The Digicel Foundation has invested TT$450,000 in four community projects in Tobago this year as part of its EPIC programme. EPIC was launched in 2016 – to date the Foundation has invested TT$4.5 million in 120 EPIC projects impacting over 56,000 persons in Trinidad and Tobago.