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Ogier donates $20K to repair Joyce Samuel Primary

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Locally-based legal services company Ogier, said it has spent more than $20,000 towards repairs to its adopted school, Joyce Samuel Primary.

The educational facility re-opened this week following the September hurricanes.

The company said it worked primarily on the school’s roof which sustained substantial damage during Hurricane Irma.

“We were able to quickly assess the damage after Hurricane Irma, with Principal Orlandette Crabbe, and then retain Diamond Construction in short order to undertake the roof and other repairs to help the school re-open on time. The amount of work that the principal, the teachers and various volunteers have undertaken is very impressive. Work over the weekend continued on the gardens and we will be continuing with various related projects in the coming weeks,” said Ogier’s Practice Manager, Decoy Mactavious.

Ogier said the funds were raised by the company’s staff and partners around the world.

“Our teams in offices in Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey and Luxembourg held cake sales and the like, so this is a very heartening contribution to both Joyce Samuel Primary School (JSPS) and the BVI; which our BVI office is very proud to pass on,” said head of Ogier’s BVI Office, Ray Wearmouth.

“Our team around the world has been receiving news and photos about JSPS for several years now – and of course, many of our teams based around the world have spent time in our BVI office. Annual graduations, JSPS pupils formally opening our BVI office in 2012, for example, and many other instances of a genuine partnership meant that all of our offices globally played a big part in raising the funds,” he added.

Meanwhile, the school’s principal said she was grateful for the massive support.

“Having Ogier take on a key part of the recovery work during this period was a very welcome relief. We’ve become strong partners and collaborators over the years and our teamwork is always good to see in action. We have had many volunteers assist us and we are very grateful for all the support and hard work,” Principal Crabbe said.

Ogier adopted Joyce Samuel Primary back in 2007 under Adopt-a-School programme. Since then, the company has donated laptops, audiovisual equipment, and classroom materials to the school.

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