A partnership between the Kenville Horne Sports Academy that is based in Rose Hall and Simon Brooker, a UK citizen with Vincentian parentage has resulted in thousands of masks, sanitizer and sports vest being distributed to a number of government institutions in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
Among the beneficiaries of the donations were the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force; the Buccament Polyclinic; the Chateaubelair Hospital; and the Troumaca/Ontario Secondary School.
Brooker, who is Chief Executive Officer of HBG Active Wear and a champion bodybuilder said he hopes the donation would relieve some of the pressure the country has faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that he is quite happy to give to the country where his parents were born.
Brooker also donated a number of active wear vests to the Kenville Horne Sports Academy and the Troumaca Ontario Secondary school. For the past few years the UK-based Brooker has been making donations to the Troumaca Secondary Athletics programme including the provision of equipment for the establishing of a gym at the school, a release states.
“The object of this contribution is to show the youth of SVG that they have some kind of support and if they work hard and stay focused and disciplined they can achieve great things,” said Brooker in regard to the donation of the vests and gym equipment. Speaking at a presentation ceremony at the Buccament Polyclinic Staff Nurse, Samantha Clarke and supervisor, Suzette Kojo expressed thanks on behalf of the staff at the clinic for the donation.
“We are indeed grateful for these items as they are useful for our daily activities,” Clarke said.
Founder/ Director of the Kenville Horne Sports Academy, Kenville Horne expressed appreciation to Brooker, noting that he was happy to partner with the champion body builder to bring benefit to the people of SVG.
“The government alone cannot do everything, so therefore persons and institutions that are in a position to help must do so,” said Horne, who highly commended the workers at the SVG Port Authority for their helpfulness and understanding.
“The sports academy as a non-profit organization has not only given back in terms of sports but has also assisted students with back to school supplies, assisted farmers with fertilizers, seedlings and farming equipment and help persons affected by the pandemic, including those who are at a disadvantage on the social scale. So to be partnering with Simon to give back to the communities gives me a really good feeling,” said Horne.