A partnership between the Kenville Horne Sports Academy that is based in Rose Hall and Simon Brooker, a UK citizen with Vincentian parentage has resulted in thousands of masks, sanitizer and sports vest being distributed to a number of government institutions here.
Among the beneficiaries of the generous donations were the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, the Buccument Polyclinic, the Chautebelair Hospital and the Troumaca Ontario Secondary School.
Brooker, CEO of HBG Active Wear and a champion bodybuilder said that he hopes the donation would relieve some of the pressure the country faced from the COVID-19. He said that he was very happy to give to the country where his mother and father were born.
Brooker also donated a number of active wear vests to the Kenville Horne Sports Academy and the Troumaca Ontario Secondary school. in fact, he has been making donation to the Troumaca Secondary athletic program for the past couple of years, which included proving equipment for the establishing of a gym at the school. “The object of this contributions is to show the youth of SVG that they have some kind of support and if they work hard and stay focused and disciplined they can achieve great things,” said Brooker with regards to the donation of the vests and gym equipment
Speaking at a presentation ceremony last Monday at the Buccument Polyclinic, Staff Nurse Samantha Clarke expressedthanks on behalf of the staff at the clinic as well as Supervisor,Suzette Kojo for the generous donation. “We are indeed grateful for these items as they are useful for our daily activities,” Said Clarke.
Founder/ Director of the Kenville Horne Sports Academy, Kenville Horne expressed appreciation to Brooker. He said that he was happy to partner with the champion body builder to bring benefit to the people of SVG. “The government alone cannot do everything, so therefore persons and institutions that are in a position to help must do so,” said Horne, who had high praises for the workers at the SVG Port Authority for their helpfulness and understanding.
“The sports academy as a non-profit organization has not only given back in terms of sports but has also assisted students with back to school supplies, assisted farmers with fertilizers, seedlings and farming equipment and help persons affected by the pandemic, including those who are at a disadvantage on the social scale. So to be partnering with Simon to give back to the communities gives me a really good feeling,” said Horne adding that his main focus this time around was to facilitate and distribute most of the donations to the various institutions.