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.