Sunny Group of Companies is firmly committed to engaging and empowering the local community. Through MaPau Charity and other community organisations, Sunny Group helps support growth and development by aiding fellow non-governmental organisations as well as maintaining an outlet for groups and individuals to seek support.
Sunny Group is active in contributing to the local culture, arts, sports and communities. We also reach out to the less fortunate in our communities including those suffering from impoverishment or medical difficulties. Through all of our work, we are especially committed to meeting the needs of children, the most vulnerable and valued members of our society.
Our past years Community Work : 1998-2008, 2009 2010-2011
MA PAU HELPS NEIGHBOURHOOD WITH THEIR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Travis Lewis (Centre) by Ma Pau representative (Candice Constantine) left & Hannah Als (right).
Warp Crew Cultural Organization is hosting their 11th Annual Christmas Extravaganza for the children of Success Village Laventille and Environs. For many of the children in the district, this occasion is the only one which provides for the Christmas season. This year, the organizers of Warp Crew Cultural Organization want to ensure that the execution of this Christmas Extravaganza is made possible.
Ma Pau Members Club, having a keen appreciation for charity and community activities, was privileged to have Warp Crew Cultural Organization approach them for assistance in making their Annual Christmas Extravaganza a success.
Ma Pau donated $2000 to Warp Crew Cultural Organization towards their Christmas Extravaganza.
MA PAU HELPS ‘SUPPORT GROUP’ WITH THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
Caption: A cheque for $3000.00 presented to Terrence Beepath (right) by Ma Pau representative Candice Constantine (left)
The South Aids Support group is a 10 year old NGO in South Trinidad, providing care and support to persons infected and affected with HIV/AIDS and by extension their families. This year they will host a Children’s Christmas Party for the Hiv positive children of the Cyril Ross Nursery as well as those being treated at the HIV Clinic at the San Fernando General Hospital.
Ma Pau Members Club, having a deep interest in charity and health concerns, was privileged to have The South Aids Support Group approach them for assistance in making their Annual Children’s Christmas Party a success.
Ma Pau donated $3000 to The South Aids Support group towards their Children’s Christmas Party.
MA PAU HELPS SCHOOL WITH THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREAT
Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Angela Lakhiram Ramtahal (right) by Ma Pau representative Hannah Als (left)
The Sangre Chiquito Presbyterian School is hosing their Annual Christmas Treat for over two hundred (200) students at their school grounds. The school is located in a rural community where most of the students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. The Sangre Chiquito Presbyterian School tries to fill the gap by ensuring that the children have a substantial Treat during the festive season.
Ma Pau Members Club, having a deep interest in charity and community efforts, was privileged to have The Sangre Chiquito Presbyterian School approach them for assistance in making their Annual Christmas Treat a success.
Ma Pau donated $2000 to The Sangre Chiquito Presbyterian School towards their Christmas Treat.
MA PAU HELPS NET SHAKERS CLUB
Caption: A cheque for $2500.00 presented to John Thomas (centre) by Ma Pau representative Hannah Als (left) & Candice Constantine (right)
Eastern Youth Chorale is a group of musical enthusiasts with a choir made up of over seventy-five members. This year they are proud to stage a Christmas Concert entitled ‘Christmas by Candlelight” to be held at the St Joseph RC Church in St Joseph.
Ma Pau Members Club, having a special interest in charity and musical talent, was privileged to have Eastern Youth Chorale approach them for assistance in making their concert a wonderful success.
Ma Pau donated $2500 to Eastern Youth Chorale towards their Christmas Concert.
MA PAU HELPS COMMUNITY GROUP
Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Yvette Lewis by Ma Pau representative Candice Constantine (left) & Hannah Als (right)
‘D’ Barn Yard Crew Community Group, based in Diego Martin, is an organization concerned with community service and development. This year they will be hosting a Senior Citizens Breakfast and Distribution Drive to needy families of the community.
Ma Pau Members Club, having a deep interest in charity and community events, was privileged to have The World Outreach Church Ministries approach them for assistance in making their Annual Christmas Treat a success.
Ma Pau donated $2000 to The World Outreach Church Ministries towards their Annual Christmas Treat.
MA PAU HELPS CHURCH MINISTRY WITH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREAT
Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Soohann Bruce (centre) by Ma Pau representative Candice Constantine (left) & Hannah Als (left).
The World Outreach Church Ministries is a nineteen (19) year old Church Organization, involved in doing community service. This year they will be hosting an Annual Christmas Party for the children of the community, while assisting single parents with food hampers.
Ma Pau Members Club, having a deep interest in charity and community events, was privileged to have The World Outreach Church Ministries approach them for assistance in making their Annual Christmas Treat a success.
Ma Pau donated $2000 to The World Outreach Church Ministries towards their Annual Christmas Treat
Caption: A cheque for $2,000.00 presented to Gleeson Job (right) of the Y.M.C.A. from Ma Pau representative Maxine Gonzales (left).
Ma Pau contributes to Cyril Ross Fun and Sports Day
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,000 towards the Young Men’s Christian Association’s (YMCA) efforts to host a Cyril Ross All-Inclusive Fun and Sports day. The event is scheduled to take place at the YMCA compound from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on July 10, 2011.
The all-day event is to include activities such as football, swimming, basketball, bouncy castles, candy machines, face painting as well as entertainment from clowns, cartoon mascots and high profile performers. The purpose of this event is to emphasize the rights of the children, particularly “the right of the child to play.” The event is expected to cater to 80 children. This is the second year that the YMCA has hosted such an event for the children’s home.
The Cyril Ross Nursery has been in existence since 1992. It provides a home for children living with HIV and AIDS and caters to residents and out-patients.
Ma Pau Charities is pleased to support an effort that focuses on the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s youth and emphasizes its continued commitment to the Cyril Ross Nursery.
Ma Pau lends support to the Special Child Foundation
Ma Pau Charities pledged to support the cost of care for one child to receive services from the Special Child Foundation for the period of one year, with a $5,000 contribution.
The Special Child Foundation is a non-governmental organization which provides assistance in remedial therapy to mentally challenged children from underprivileged families, including those who have autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome. The foundation also offers assistance to dyslexic children, a non-intellectual disability, that requires support in reading, writing and spelling. The cost of remedial therapy is heavily subsidized and over fifty percent of the children who are served are done so at no cost.
The Special Child Foundation was recognized for its work in 2002 and 2003 by BPTT at their “Spirit of Community Awards” with the Soca Award in the Social Services Category. The school is operated by Chester Lakatoo, a special needs educator, who has worked in the field for over 20 years.
Ma Pau Charities remains dedicated to supporting all of the needs of Trinidad and Tobago’s youth and applauds the Special Child Foundation for their continued invaluable service.
Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Rajendranath Seecharan (right) by Ma Pau representative Shirnell George (left).
Ma Pau supports Red Cross Annual Golf Tournament
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,000 towards the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society Southern Branch’s upcoming 12th Annual Golf Tournament. The fundraising tournament will be held at Usine Ste. Madeleine Golf Club on Sunday 24 July, 2011.
Organizations are invited to donate $2,000 which would entitle them to register a team of two golfers to participate in the event. On conclusion of the competition, all sponsors, their spouses and players are invited to a dinner where the presentation of prizes will take place.
The Annual Golf Tournament is a fundraising event held to help the Red Cross continue its humanitarian service to the needy in our community. Ma Pau’s contribution will go towards offsetting expenses related to hosting the event.
Ma Pau Charities remains committed to supporting organizations which work towards providing for and developing Trinidad and Tobago’s communities.
Caption: A cheque for $10,000.00 presented to Geoff Copper (centre) and associate of the calabash Consortium by Ma Pau representative Shirnel George (left).
Ma Pau Charities supports upcoming Young Women’s Empowerment Symposium
Ma Pau Charities is pleased to announce its support for the upcoming two day symposium hosted by Young Women’s Education and Exposure Program (YWEEP) with a $10,000 contribution to the event. Which would be held at the Cascadia Hotel &conference centre July 20th &23rd 2011.
The two day program will focus on providing panel discussions and presentations on a number of topics with the first day geared towards a motivational and inspiration program which seeks to encourage participants to focus on themselves and their purpose. The second day of the symposium will seek to empowerment training and capacity development. Topics which are to be covered include health and wellness awareness and education, financial empowerment, education, employment and the workplace and women in business. A number of high profile speakers are slated to partake in the program.
YWEEP focuses on empowering young women between the ages of 13-25 years through education, exposure and engagement so that they may unlock their potential in life. YWEEP is an event held by Calabash Consortium, a registered non-profit organization which strives to advance the development of Caribbean youths and communities in order to help facilitate improved outcomes.
This is the second year that Ma Pau Charities will be a sponsor to the YWEEP Symposium. Ma Pau Charities is pleased to sponsor an event which aligns so closely to our own goals of supporting Trinidad and Tobago’s youth.
Ma Pau helps offset losses for Friday Night Boxing Fiesta
|A Friday Night Boxing Fiesta meant to showcase both the some of the country’s best young and experienced boxing talents will not come to fruition after months of planning due to complications. However, Ma Pau, which was previously meant to be a sponsor in the event, is currently helping Gold Medal Sports Company offset some of the expenses to the tune of $4,000 already invested.
The event, which was to take place at the Carib Hospitality Suite in Champs Fleurs featured a number of well known, yet unsponsored boxers. The Boxing Fiesta was meant to help promote these talents and boxing as a sport within the country.
Ma Pau was meant to provide expenses related to the ambulance and security detail for the evening as well as provide an venue through which tickets could be promoted and sold.
Ma Pau Charities regrets that such a promising evening was not able to come to pass but supports the endeavours of Gold Medal Sports Company and offers them well wishes for their future efforts.
In Caption: A cheque for $4000.00 presented to Keith Clement (left) by Sherry Persad of Ma Pau right.
Ma Pau helps Pinto United get uniforms for upcoming season
Ma Pau Charities responded to the request of a police constable who founded the non-profit organization Pinto United football club by providing $4,000 to acquire the necessary uniforms for the team’s upcoming season and entrance into the Arima League this May. Recently, Pinto United has been conducting fundraising efforts such as barbecues and ice cream sales as well as engaging family members, friends and the business community for support for the club. Expenses that needed to be offset include those incurred for transportation, drinks (such as water and juice) for the players, training uniforms and player participation awards. In the past two years, Ma Pau Charities has also sponsored the uniforms for this team. The football club seeks to provide a positive influence on the young adults in the community. Ma Pau is pleased to continue to support the efforts of Pinto United and applauds them for their commitment to developing their community and providing a source of inspiration to the youth.
In Caption: A cheque for $4000.00 presented to Brain Bain (centre) by Sherry Persad (right) of Ma Pau and Ryiker Ballantyne left.
Ma Pau supports St. Andrew’s School Gymnastics prepare for National Competition
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,500 towards the St. Andrew’s School Gymnastics in support of their annual gymnastic competition which is held at the Woodbrook Youth Facility. The competition, which is which is the last of the qualifying rounds leading up to the National Competition later this year, is expected to draw 200 entrants from various clubs throughout Trinidad and will be conducted from May 13th-15th, 2011. St. Andrew’s School Gymnastics, located in Maraval, has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for over 28 years and is the only primary school in Trinidad and Tobago with a viable gymnastics program to host a competition. The competition is expected to engage 180 female and 20 male participants ranging in age from 5 years to 17 years. This year the competition will be presided over by three foreign and five certified local judges. MaPau’s contribution will go towards assisting in offsetting expenses such as venue rental, gymnastics equipment, officials’ uniforms, photography, advertising for the event, expenses related to the foreign judges’ participation as well as awards for the gymnasts. MaPau Charities is pleased to support the efforts of this pioneering club in the field of gymnastics in Trinidad and Tobago.
In Caption: A cheque for $2500.00 presented to Mrs. Sarah Uhre by Ma Pau SC Footballer Corneal Thomas and Ryiker Ballantyne.
Ma Pau supports the Amateur Bodybuilding Championship – Sport world Classic 2011
Ma Pau Charities contributed $5,000 towards the Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship entitled “Sport world Classic 2011” to be held July 9, 2011 in the Centre of Excellence. The championship, which has officially been sanctioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Bodybuilding Federation (TTBBF), will see several local athletes as contenders in the event. The championship is meant to be a starting off point for the local athletes to gain some experience before competing in several other championships to be held both locally and abroad later in the year. Sport world Classic has been held over the last six years and has gained enormous popularity both in terms of audience and participants through this time. Sport world Classic also attracts high profile bodybuilders as guest posers at the event and features a number of seminars conducted by professionals that are open to both the athletes and the audience. This year, Dennis Wolf and five time Ms. Olympia, Iris Kyle will be the guest posers at the event. Ma Pau’s contribution will help offset expenses such as renting the venue, providing the prizes and paying the posing fees for the high profile guest posers at the event. Ma Pau Charities is pleased to support an event which is helping to promote a growing sport in Trinidad and Tobago. We applaud Sportworld’s commitment to their work and wish them well in their upcoming event.
In Caption: A cheque for $5000.00 presented to Lawrence Marshall by Ma Pau representative Ryiker Ballantyne & Ma Pau SC Footballer Coneal Thomas.
Xpress 21 gets support from MaPau
Xpress 21, a steelband village originating from Success Village, received 75 T-shirts and a banner from MaPau Charities to help them kick off their preparations for the Carnival season and make an impact at the 2011 Panorama competition.
The group, which is registered with Pan Trinbago and participated in the 2010 and 2011 Panorama competition, has had a successful history as a band and a record of significant community involvement. Xpress 21 considers itself a source of stable cultural development in the Laventille area and is also a major feature of the Laventille street parade during Emancipation celebrations. MaPau Charities is proud to be a part of assisting community and cultural development and supporting organizations who strive to maintain a similar goal. In Caption
Sujo’s Private School receives assistance from Ma Pau
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,500 towards Sujo’s Private School, an institution dedicated to meeting the needs of children with learning difficulties. The school, which takes schools up to the S.E.A. level, makes the effort to raise the coping strategies of the students to the level where they may be reintegrated into the mainstream education system. Sujo’s operates solely on fees collected for the students and does not receive any support from the Ministry of Education or any private organization. Sujos is currently working on purchasing and expanding their present location. In the meantime, they are in the process of developing an external lunch area and a small playground for their younger students. These facilities are meant to develop proper mealtime etiquette, social interaction and motor skills. Ma Pau is committed towards making any effort necessary in the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s youth.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Dana Marcial (Centre) from Ma Pau SC Footballer Leslie Fitz Patrick (left) and Misty Fiddler (right).
St. Catherine’s Temple get assistant from Ma Pau
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,000 towards St. Catherine’s Temple National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Church to help them raise funds for renovating the roof of their church which has been damaged through the years of wear and tear. The Church is located in River Estate, Diego Martin.
St. Catherine’s Temple has been making efforts to hold fundraisers to accumulate the necessary money for the renovations including an Annual Bake Sale and donations by church members. In addition, they are reaching out to companies to help them meet the extensive expenses associated with the renovations.
Ma Pau Charities is committed towards supporting those who provide a positive and stable influence in their communities.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Sherley Stevenson (right) from Ma Pau SC Footballer Leslie Fitz Patrick (Centre) & Ornella Knights (left).
MaPau contributes towards rebuilding “Shangri-La’
MaPau Charities contributed $2,000 to Soroptimist International, an international women’s service organization based in San Fernando. The contribution went towards supporting a team in the organisation’s Ninth Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament, held on April 3rd, and raised funding for the Soroptimist’s home for the elderly, “Shangri La.”
The Golf Tournament allowed for any business to enter a team of two golfers to participate in the event for a fee of $2,000. Participants were invited to bring a guest.
Soroptimist International has been serving southern Trinidad for the past 48 years, and “Shangri La” has also been in operation for over 40 years.
MaPau Charities makes an effort to support all organizations that work towards similar goals such as community development and appreciate Soroptimist’s long standing commitment to their work.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Cherryl Koon How (Centre) from Ma Pau SC Footballer Leslie Fitz Patrick (right) & Ornella Knights (left).
Ma Pau helps Servol get much needed new books
Ma Pau Charity contributed $1,000 towards the purchase of new books for Service Volunteered for All (SERVOL).The new books are part of Servol’s efforts to upgrade its current inventory of teachers’ resources. The new books will be placed in the teachers’ library which is located in the St. Andrew’s Centre in Sangre Grande. The library currently caters to 35 educators. The much needed books are part of Servol’s efforts to adapt to the evolving trends in education, which they could not do with their outdated materials. Founded in 1970, in the Laventille area, Servol began life as an organization committed to addressing the social conditions of the impoverished. The organization provides programmes and skill courses to the underprivileged and focuses on developing the youth within two age groups:0-5 year old children13-19 year old adolescents Ma Pau Charity is proud to be assist in such an effort which helps promote the education and welfare of the youth of Trinidad and Tobago with an organization such as Servol.
In Caption: A cheque for $1000.00 presented to Elizabeth King Oliver by Susan Mc Guire Johnson
Ma Pau supports Amateur Boxing with S.E.P.O.S.
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,000 towards S.E.P.O.S. Amateur Boxing Gym so that they may host a twelve bout boxing card. The boxing card is intended to promote boxing bouts over the course of three months at the Woodbrook Youth Facility and are scheduled to take place on 22nd April, 29th July and 28th October from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.For the past three years, S.E.P.O.S. has been conducting amateur boxing classes that involves 15 boxers over four days a week. The boxing card is intended to serve amateur sportsmen and women between the ages of 15 to 35 years. S.E.P.O.S. intends to promote the channeling of energy into a positive outlet such as sports, while promoting boxing as a sport in Trinidad and Tobago to the international level. S.E.P.O.S. is a registered organization with the Ministry of Legal Affairs and their many programmes include skills training in computer literacy, catering classes, film and editing production as well as amateur boxing. They also provide services for impoverished families as well as cultural activities including those for children. Ma Pau is committed to supporting the sporting endeavors of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and believes that sporting activities provide a positive role in developing members of our community both physically and mentally.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Naushad Ali (Centre) from Ma Pau Representative Ornella Knights (left) & Misty Filddler (right).
Sangre Grande Carnival puts on a show with MaPau’s assistance
MaPau Charity contributed $2,000 towards the Sangre Grande Regional Carnival Committee in support of their annual Carnival celebrations including their Carnival Queen Pageant. The pageant, which was held in the auditorium of North Eastern College, took place on March 2nd, 2011.The Carnival celebrations in Sangre Grande included a variety of events including a children’s competition. The titles that appeared at the competition included “A Children’s Journey” and “Beginning and Beyond.” Ma Pau’s contribution also went towards the necessary preparations for the event including sponsorship for one of the pageant’s contestants.Ma Pau Charity is committed to supporting the local arts and culture in Trinidad and Tobago and makes an effort to engage in activities which provide a good foundation for developing the nation’s youth.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Trevor Julien by Susan Mc Guire Johnson
Ma Pau assists Rock River in getting to the March Past
MaPau Charities contributed $4,000 towards the Rock River Roman Catholic School to help them attain uniforms for their cricket, football and netball teams so that they may have the opportunity to participate in the South Eastern District March Past for 2011.
Rock River, which is located in a financially restricted area in Moruga, was a successful participant in the event in 2009, going on to become champions of the March Past. Financial constraints on transportation and uniforms deprived the teams from entering the competition and defending their titles in 2010 despite the success of the football and cricket teams. Rock River estimated a need to roughly $8,000 to offset expenses for the three teams. Rock River actively promotes participation in sports among their students to help them make better and more effective use of their leisure time as well as provide an opportunity for them to pursue their sporting activities professionally in the future. MaPau Charities enthusiastically supports the laudable efforts made by Rock River and continues to commit to assisting organizations that promote youth and sporting affairs
In Caption: A cheque for $4000.00 presented to Kirk Floyd (centre) by members of Ma Pau SC Clayton Ince (left) and Leslie Fitz Patrick (right).
Ma Pau supports Rainbow Warriors’ Energy Sunday
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,000 towards the purchase of trophies for Rainbow Warriors Triathlon Club’s (RWTC) 5th Annual Energy Sunday Mini-Duathlon. The race, which was held on Sunday 27th March, took place at Queen’s Park Savannah with the starting point opposite TGIF Restaurant.The duathlon featured a run, cycle and run format which attracts a large number of participants including those under the age of 15 years. The Savannah one lap run saw hundreds of participants. The mini-duathlon is just one of the events Rainbow Warriors features leading up to the grand Rainbow Cup International Triathlon which features a swim, cycle and 5km run. The triathlon which began in 2005 on Grafton Beach in Tobago will take place this year over two days at Turtle Beach in Tobago on May 28th and 29th.Rainbow Warrior events are promoted on a local, regional and international level and the club is associated with the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the international governing body for triathlon and other multi-sport events. Ma Pau Charities is pleased to be part of such an effort which involves the participation of peoples from all walks of society in an event which seeks to push the sporting boundaries and promote physical well being.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Maria Gooding (Centre) from Ma Pau Representative Misty Fiddler (right) & Ornella Knights (left).
Ma Pau helps Naila keep her home
Ma Pau Charities assisted Naila Muhammed with a $3,500 contribution to help offset her $7,200 debt towards the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). Muhammed, a resident of the Goya Housing Development in Tacarigua, was a former employee with Ma Pau but is currently unemployed. Since December 2010, her account has been in arrears with the HDC and she received a notice to rectify the situation or face termination of her agreement. MaPau Charities believes it is important to extend support to members of society in need of assistance and is committed to alleviating situations of poverty.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Naila Muhammed (Centre) from Ma Pau Representative Ornella Knights (left) & Ma Pau SC Footballer Leslie Fitz Patrick (right).
Ma Pau extends support for Chronic’s youth football tournament
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,000 towards Chronic Productions’ first one day Youth Indoor Football Tournament. The tournament, titled “Players Lounge,” will be hosted at the Woodbrook Youth Facility on Hamilton Holder Street on Saturday 16th April, 2011.The event held by Chronic Productions, seeks to be a non-profit venture that is meant to provide a positive outlet such as sports as an alternative to drugs and crime. The tournament will see 12 male youth teams participate and they will be divided into two groups within which they will compete. The top teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals and then the finals. Ma Pau’s contribution will help offset expenses related to hiring referees and purchasing equipment among other things. Chronic Productions is a unique non-profit group led by young tertiary education business students who wish to encourage entrepreneurial ventures, support business education and sporting activities among the youth. They are guided by their principles which include “promoting excellence, developing well rounded teenagers and preparing them to be young entrepreneurs.”Ma Pau Charities is honoured to be invited to contribute to such an effort and believes it is inspiring for the youth of Trinidad and Tobago to support their fellow young people in developing well rounded approaches to leading a positive life.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Marcell Dempster (Centre) from Ma Pau Representative Ornella Knights (left) Misty Filddler (right).
Junior repairs his car with Ma Pau’s assistance
MaPau Charities helped Junior Nottingham repair his vehicle with a $2,000 contribution towards the projected cost.
Nottingham, a former employee of MaPau, has since lost his eye sight and suffers from other health problems. A friend of his uses the vehicle as a taxi, from which Nottingham earns an income.
MaPau Charities is dedicated to helping those in need of assistance and believes it is important to support members, both current and former, of the MaPau family.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Junior Nothingham (Centre) by Ma Pau Representative Misty Fiddler (left) & Ornella Knights (right).
Special needs youth celebrate Carnival with House of Jacqui and MaPau
Ma Pau Charities bought ten (10) from House of Jacqui’s Children Carnival Band in support of the sections specially dedicated to underprivileged children. The House of Jacqui creates nine sections for the children’s Carnival band with seven sections set aside for the general public, and two sections reserved for underprivileged and special needs children. The two sections, catered for twenty costumes each, and provided every child participating in these two sections with transportation, water and refreshments for the three weekends leading up to Carnival. For Carnival 2011, House of Jacqui’s band features “Elements of Life” with sections titled Elements of Love, Earth, Water, etc. Ma Pau Charities is dedicated to supporting the arts and youth involvement in cultural activities.
In Caption: Jacqueline Koon How (centre) and members of the Ma Pau SC Leslie Fitz Patrick (left) and Clayton Ince (right).
Decklan receives help for corrective back surgery from MaPau
MaPau Charities aided Decklan Chewlin with $3,000 in financial assistance to help off-set medical expenses incurred by a work related injury to his spine.
Chewlin, a 29 year old nursing technician, was employed on contract with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. In December 2006, he was a passenger in an ambulance that was involved in a road traffic accident. He sustained injuries to his neck, left shoulder and lower back. Since then, Chewlin underwent the first of two corrective surgeries which included a C4-C5 anterior cervical decompression and fusion that he financed himself.
Since then, he has experienced persistent discomfort including being unable to stand or sit for prolonged periods as well as numbness in his legs. If Chewlin’s condition is not treated promptly, he may be left unable to walk.
Chewlin is currently scheduled to undergo a second surgery that will cost $96,090.00. He has held a number of fundraising ventures over the year, but has been unable to meet his financial goal.
MaPau Charities is committed to meeting the needs of members of the Trinidad and Tobago society and promoting the betterment of its citizens through community involvement.
Economy holds an ole’ time Carnival with support from MaPau
MaPau Charity contributed $1,000 towards the Fourth Annual Parade of Carnival Bands hosted by Economy Supermarket. The event took place over 6th March (Carnival Sunday) through Tuesday 8th March.
Economy Supermarket, in efforts to help revive and promote the more traditional themes and characters of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, featured well known figures such as Moko Jumbies, Midnight Robber and Red Indian. Economy Supermarket also encouraged the children attending schools in the area to participate in the Ole Mas competition. The three day event featured the traditional Kiddies Carnival, Jourvet and Parade of the Big Bands.MaPau Charity is committed to supporting the local arts and culture in Trinidad and Tobago and makes an effort to engage in activities which provide a good foundation for developing the nation’s youth.
In Caption; A cheque for $1000.00presented to Chandra Phagoo (left) by Susan Mc Guire Johnson (centre) and Gary Jones (right).
Ma Pau helps Enterprise “Save the Children”
Ma Pau Charities contributed $2,000 towards Crown Trace Football Club’s “Save the Children” programme. The Club, which is located in Crown Trace Enterprise, Chaguanas, intends to host a football-based sports training programme for boys and girls in the community at the Postman Recreational Facility from February 19th to July 1st 2011.Crown Trace Football Club hopes to provide a positive stable source of influence over the youth of Crown Trace who are exposed to drugs, guns, violence and other types of illicit behaviour. “Save the Children” will include a training curriculum taught by certified coaches. The curriculum would include skills in passing, shooting, volleying, goalkeeping and so forth. Training will be held at the facility on Saturdays from 9am-12pm and be open to children from the ages of 5 years to 13 years. Ma Pau’s contribution will go towards offsetting expenses related to coaching, transportation and uniforms. Ma Pau Charities supports the endeavours of local community organizations who attempt to improve and develop the social situations in their environs, especially in efforts regarding the youth.
In Caption: A cheque for $2000.00 presented to Nicholas Griffith (Centre) from Ma Pau Representative Misty Fiddler (left) & Ma Pau SC Footballer Coneal Thomas (right).
Cyril Ross Home participates with the Carnival Babies with Ma Pau’s assistance
Ma Pau Charities purchased twenty costumes from Carnival Babies Junior Band for Cyril Ross Home for Children to help them celebrate a jovial Carnival season. Carnival Babies is an award winning band that seeks to promote an authentic cultural experience for underprivileged children between the ages of five and sixteen. The band hosts workshops dedicated to these children, who are then introduced to traditional techniques in wire bending and papier-mâché so that they will have the opportunity to create their own carnival costumes. The children are then allowed to display their creations when they participate in the Junior Parade of the Bands. Last year, the Carnival Babies welcomed the participation of the Carapo Police Youth Group who they band met with every Saturday for six months to help the youth create their own African themed headpieces and shields. For 2011, the Carnival Babies theme was titled “Material World.” The group endeavored to teach its young participants about the materials including feathers, sequins and ribbons that made up their costumes.
In Caption: Donna Stewart Morris from the Cyril Ross Home (left) accepts costumes from Designer Lisa Durity Mollineau (right) of Carnival Babies and Ma Pau SC Clayton Ince (centre).