THE SANDALS FOUNDATION CELEBRATES ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY
Sandals Resorts International’s Philanthropic Arm Continues to Make itsMark in the
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA (March 2012) –Since its inception, the Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) – has impacted 80,000 lives across the Caribbean through more than 100 community programs.
Celebrating its third anniversary in March, the Sandals Foundation has raised over US$1.5 million, keeping its promise of channeling 100 per cent of the funds raised into the Caribbean region.
“I am very proud of how far the Sandals Foundation has come in giving back to Caribbean communities in just three years,” said Adam Stewart, Sandals Foundation president and CEO of Sandals Resorts International. “The community projects and programs are a step in the right direction, but there is definitely a need that keeps growing and we must continue to work with our partners to address the issues that affect our region.”
Over the past three years, the Sandals Foundation has spearheaded a variety of programs to better the Caribbean environment and its community. Whether investing in marine sanctuaries and educating Jamaican fishermen on the importance of preserving marine life; partnering with Great Shape! Inc. to facilitate oral hygiene education, dental clinics and eye-care clinics for more than 50,000 people; or constructing and renovating schools throughout the Caribbean, the Sandals Foundation initiatives always aim to alleviate challenges in the region.
With a team of 4,000 community and guest volunteers, along with more than 10,000 team members, the Sandals Foundation has generated an annual Christmas toy drive providing up to 10,000 children with toys each year, collected 65,000 books to donate to Caribbean schools and created an ongoing voluntourism program, the Reading Road Trip, which promotes children’s literacy.
In 2012, the Sandals Foundation will emphasize teacher training and parenting workshops. The Foundation has identified 11 major projects to focus on in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Antigua, Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos, the same islands that serve as home to Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts.
These projects include: implementing the refurbishing of the St. Ann and St. Mary infirmaries in Jamaica and expanding the Willikie’s Primary School facilities in Antigua and continuing successful Youth through Sports programs such as the Foundation’s Cricket Academies in Saint Lucia and Antigua.
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About The Sandals Foundation The Sandals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created to continue and to expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. It is the culmination of three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment. One hundred percent of the moniescontributed by the general publicto the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean community.
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