Teens benefit from Christmas event

Christmas was made a little merrier this year for some teenage girls and boys thanks to a donation from Governors Square.

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At the presentation in front to the Governors Square Christmas tree, front kneeling is Andre Chase, of Bonaventure Boys Home. Standing from left to right are: Anthony Scott of Bonaventure Boys Home; Tarrance James, care worker with Bonaventure Boys Home; June Brown, team leader at Bonaventure Boys Home; Jennifer Leach, deputy care manager, Bonaventure Boys Home; Samantha Saintvil of Frances Bodden Girls Home; Maureen Jervis-Brooks, care manager, Frances Bodden Girls Home; Lisa Uggeri, Governors Square Administrator; Sharnelle Silburn and Claudia Smith of Frances Bodden Girls Home; GloriaMcGonnell of Perk Up at Governors Square; and Shanika Levy of Frances Bodden Girls Home.
Photo: Cliodhna Doherty

Because of the generosity of those who attended and held the recent Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Governors Square, a table tennis table, paddles and balls were donated to both the Bonaventure Boys’ Home and the Frances Bodden Girls’ Home, which are managed by CAYS (Children and Youth Services) Foundation.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration took place on Saturday, 22 November in which young and old alike were invited to share in the holiday spirit of giving. The tenants of Governors Square sponsored and organised the event and donated raffle prizes, while Sports Supply extended a discount on the table tennis equipment, explained Governors Square Administrator Lisa Uggeri.

Youths resident in both homes were at a presentation to receive the gifts on Tuesday, 23 December at Governors Square and were very pleased with their newly acquired sports equipment.

Ms Uggeri said it felt wonderful to be able to give the children a present. ‘It’s the spirit of giving. It’s the season,’ she said, and thanked everyone who supported the tree lighting event and made donations.

At the tree lighting event, Santa arrived by helicopter and greeted the kids in his winter wonderland workshop, Bona Fide performed Christmas carols for all to enjoy and Governor Stuart Jack turned on the Christmas lights.

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