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Schools, restaurants raise over $20K for needy students

Cedar International School and Ciboney Centre for Excellence has formed a partnership with local restaurants to raise more than $20,000 to assist their needy students.

The funds will specifically be used to help pay the tuition of needy students living on Virgin Gorda.

Participating businesses, CocoMaya and Dove Restaurant, had put on a culinary event called the Tasting Dinner to raise the funds.

Organisers said the event was so successful and well-patronised that they eventually had to turn away would-be diners.

“It made sense to do what we can to serve both school communities with a common purpose. The Tasting Dinner is our way of giving back and to help open up these chances of education to families in our community. Given the popularity of the event we are very keen to do it again to be able to continue to raise funds for this inspirational cause,” said Aaron Seddon, the owner of CocoMaya and the Dove Restaurant.

Meanwhile, Laura Fox and Scott Crawford – the heads of the Ciboney and Cedar schools, respectively – noted that scholarship applications had ‘increased dramatically’ since the September 2017 hurricanes.

They added that only a small amount of the applicants are currently funded through sponsorships.

“Our goal is to raise funds to ensure that the opportunity of empowerment through education exists for deserving students throughout the BVI,” they said.

The event organisers, in the meantime, have extended thanks to other sponsors such as Proudly African who provided drinks for the evening, Speedys and Romasco Group for providing transportation between Tortola and Virgin Gorda, Debbie Ridgway.

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  1. Gumption. Official says:

    Congratulations on the funding. Teamwork make the dreams work! Do keep the very often forgotten Claudia Creque Educational Center close to heart. Their voices often soft and and can lead to the results of not getting the needed attention.

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  2. Eagle Eyed and Pessimist. says:

    Behind the public eye, speculation abounds as to who will, in dollars, benefit from that raised money.

    Most people are cognizant of the magic with which paper disappears without a trace or accountability.

    And the poor? well; the poor never gets by on account of accountability.

    History still informs.

    As many are agitating for accountability from current governance, so to such ferver should be evident when our children are being used as reason to raise money.

    Show authentic evidence when time come.

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  3. oh yeah says:

    There are needy children in elite private schools. You can’t make this stuff up even if you try. SMFH off.

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    • of course says:

      I’m not sure you read the article, or understand what a scholarship is. Funds are raised so that bright kids from families that can’t afford fees get a chance!

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  4. Hmmm says:

    The needy rich kids whose parents can’t afford to pay their school fees. This story is crap.

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  5. Online Now says:

    You’re an idiot. This relates to kids who would not be able to afford the education offered without financial assistance. A lot will be very bright local kids.

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  6. Hmmmm says:

    I guess the stupid comments about poor rich kids and the school is because Cedar seems to be associated with the elite and wealthy people. I think the school is well managed and planned and the funds will be for those great kids whose parents just cant afford the tuition. Great Move Cedar. What I think is the Government need to leave the principals run the schools

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