Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Sangre Grande children get new play park

Photo: Children pose with Paul Mongolas Councillor for the Sangre Grande North East (from left) Anil Juteram, Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, MP for Toco/Sangre Grande Glenda Jennings-Smith and Penny Gomez CEO Digicel Foundation at the launch of the Play Park at the Marlay Oval, Sangre Grande. Photo courtesy the Digicel Foundation.

Photo: Children pose with Paul Mongolas Councillor for the Sangre Grande North East (from left) Anil Juteram, Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation, MP for Toco/Sangre Grande Glenda Jennings-Smith and Penny Gomez CEO Digicel Foundation at the launch of the Play Park at the Marlay Oval, Sangre Grande. Photo courtesy the Digicel Foundation.

Thanks to the work of several NGOs, Sangre Grande children will be able to enjoy a new play park at the Marlay Oval.

According to a statement issued by the Digicel Foundation, Sangre Grande North East Councillor Paul Mongolas recognised the need for a play park in the area and reached out to the Digicel Foundation. 

The Foundation said the group received US$4,523 to purchase and install equipment for a Play Park under Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) small grant initiative.

The park was opened during a ceremony on January 29, 2020, attended by Toco/Sangre Grande MP Glenda Jennings-Smith. 

The Foundation said: "She acknowledged that the Digicel Foundation went above and beyond, to ensure that the organisation got the best, in-line with the Digicel Foundation’s motto of 'Creating a world where no-one gets left behind'."

Paul Mongolas Councillor for the Sangre Grande North East said:

“Because of the Digicel Foundation the residents of Ojoe Road and environs finally have a free space for their children to enjoy while their parents utilise the basketball court and grounds.” 

Digicel Foundation CEO Penny Gomez thanked the Office of the Councillor for their persistence to excel.

She said: “We don’t just give cheques and take photos.  We are here with you in the trenches helping to resolve challenges and providing any guidance you may need.”

The Play Park at the Marlay Oval was the last of the nineteen projects funded through EPIC. 

EPIC was launched in 2015 and focuses on empowering community based organisations to execute initiatives that have the potential to improve indoor or outdoor spaces. To date the Digicel Foundation has invested US$386,916.98 in EPIC, impacting over 31,000 persons in Trinidad and Tobago. 

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