After earlier this year delivering a template on what is required for the successful staging of an annual festival, the Carriacou Maroon and String Band festival has broken new ground by becoming the first such organization in recent memory to make a series of financial contributions to institutions across the sister isles.
Last week Friday the committee handed out six thousand , three hundred and fifty dollars ( EC$6, 350.00) to pre-primary , primary and secondary schools, the Princess Royal Hospital, both homes for the elderly and the Christine David day care centre. The largest amounts of $1,000.00 each went to the homes and the hospital. The donation will also cover the sponsorship of meals for a needy student in each of the two secondary and six primary schools for one year.
Chairperson of the committee, Faithlyn George, said this is their way of giving back to the communities after realizing a net profit of $59,197.08 from the April 24 to 26, staging of the 2015 festival. Describing the festival as a resounding success, Ms. George pointed out that while the donations may be considered small, she hopes it will aid in the development and enhancement of the beneficiaries.
Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon Elvin Nimrod, who has for years called on the various festival committees to extend a helping hand to the community, said he is pleased that the Maroon Committee has taken the lead in such a gesture.
“I hope other committees would take a page from the Maroon Committee’s book and make similar contributions towards the community” said the minister.
He said the decision to give back to the community is important as the Maroon Committee depended on those same communities for success and therefore this display represents their gratitude of thanks.