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Sharie De Castro spreads cheer to 175 kids on Christmas Eve

Government legislator Sharie de Castro and her twin sister, Sharia. (Photos by Kamal Haynes/BVI News)

Christmas is a season known for giving and spreading cheer. So on the eve of Christmas this year, Territorial At-Large Representative, Sharie De Castro gifted 175 children with the opportunity to enjoy an all-expenses-paid day at the Winter Wonderland in the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park.

“I wanted the children to get something fun for Christmas but more of an experience — a memory that they could take forward. I know that oftentimes a tangible present is good but sometimes something like this, just being able to go on ice in the middle of the Caribbean, I believe it is an experience that they will cherish. And so far, we’ve heard that,” De Castro said during an interview with BVI News.

She said that is what led her to book the Winter Wonderland for five hours on December 24. 

But that’s not all the young legislator did to make the experience unforgettable for the children.

“We also ensured that we got John Black to come and take some portrait photos. We have some customised frames just for them to remember the moment,” she stated.

Entire experience financially covered

De Castro, who is also the Junior Minister for Tourism, said the initiative also ensured children had free access not only to the ice-skating rink but also to the many other activities in the vicinity.

“I just wanted to cover the entire experience — the ice skating is good. But keeping with the winter theme, we thought Snowie would be a good touch so they can get a snowcone and then, like I said, just a portrait to remind them. Santa Claus is here as well. We actually had the Grinch passed through a bit earlier, so they got really excited,” she explained.

Initiative fully booked within two days

The junior minister also said there was an overwhelming response to the initiative, which saw all 175 spots being filled within just two days of the initial announcement.

She said: “So we put out a flier, I believe it was Sunday and I believe in a day and a half it was already completely booked. People saw it and they signed up one time, so the excitement was there and they showed up.”

The opening hours for the ice-skating rink are from 2 pm to 7 pm on weekdays and from 2 pm to 10 pm on weekends.

The rink — which was set up by the Virgin Islands Search And Rescue as a fundraiser — will be operating until Wednesday, January 6.

Children enjoying Christmas Eve in Winter Wonderland courtesy of government legislator, Sharie De Castro.

Children enjoying Christmas Eve in Winter Wonderland courtesy of government legislator, Sharie De Castro.

Children enjoying Christmas Eve in Winter Wonderland courtesy of government legislator, Sharie De Castro.

Children enjoying Christmas Eve in Winter Wonderland courtesy of government legislator, Sharie De Castro.

Children enjoying Christmas Eve in Winter Wonderland courtesy of government legislator, Sharie De Castro.

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  1. YOUTH says:

    Thanks Honourable deCastro.

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  2. Clearly says:

    This was so thoughtful

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  3. People says:

    We love this initiative. Thank you so much Honourable deCastro.

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  4. Quietly Watching says:

    Wonderful. Love this. I am sure the children had a blast. Happy Holidays to all.

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  5. Leroy says:

    we voting her back in hands down

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  6. Thanks says:

    ….but you will still be Dancia 2.0. All pomp and zero substance. I cannot vote for you or your team again sorry!

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