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In support of the children

by: Mia Whylly, News Reporter - Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Terreve College will be holding a Food Drive and 5K Fun Run/Walk to aid the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, which is celebrating 40 years of serving the Northern Bahamas.

 

Acknowledging the excellent work of the GB Children’s Home over the last 40 years, Randol Cooper, CEO of Terreve College said, the items and monies collected through the Food Drive and Fun Run/Walk which is set for April 8 will be presented to the Home.

 

“We encourage the community at large, especially past and present students of Terreve College, to come out and really support this Food Drive and Fun Run/Walk in aid of the Children’s Home,” Cooper added, during a press conference held Monday morning at the Terreve College office.

 

“Donating to a good cause fulfils a basic human need,” Cooper noted. “In the old days, a village raised the children and today, as a community we have the opportunity to help the less fortunate. Terreve is proud to help the community.”

 

The College’s CEO noted that donations from the public will be accepted at the Terreve College office, Nyo’s Grace Center, West Atlantic and students can take their donations to the school.

 

Executive Director of the GB Children’s Home, Sheila Johnson said that Terreve College has been a great support to the Children’s Home over the years. 

 

“For many years, Terreve has made donations towards the care of our children. Presently, we have 26 children in our care, 10 of which are not of school age. Imagine what we deal with every day, 24/7 – it is not easy. When we have companies willing to assist, such as Terreve; we are so terribly grateful,” Johnson stated.

 

The Executive Director disclosed that the GB Children’s Home also takes children from Bimini, Abaco and Eleuthera and sometimes New Providence. 

 

“Some of these children come from horrific backgrounds and we try to create good memories. We are asking, begging and pleading with the entire community to support Terreve College in their effort to help the GB Children’s Home. We are in constant need of food, clothing, toiletries and cleaning supplies,” she maintained. 

 

Johnson said that over the 40 years the Children’s Home has served the Northern Bahamas, it has not been easy.

 

She added that every day has been a struggle. Speaking to the Grand Bahama community, Johnson said, “Whatever you can bring, we are more than grateful for. We encourage everyone to step up and support.”

 

Organizers said there will be a small entrance fee for the 5K and registration forms can be picked up at the Terreve College office in the Nyo’s Grace Center, West Atlantic. 

 

The race will start at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8 from Nyo’s Grace Center. Further information regarding the race route can be obtained by calling 352 2688.

 

Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017 

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