Thursday 17 October, 2019

Woman who supports kids with cancer wins Angostura Champions award

Koriella Espinoza is the Angistura Champion 2018

Koriella Espinoza is the Angistura Champion 2018

A woman who founded an organisation to support children diagnosed with cancer has been awarded the Angostura Champion of 2018.

Koriella Espinoza, founder of Korie's Kids, won the inaugural competition started by the House of Angostura to recognise people doing good work in their communities. 

Espinoza was among five people shortlisted for the award. 

The others were Frank Edwards, founder of the Morvant Football Academy, barber Donald McLean James, Elspeth Duncan who rescues stray animals in Tobago and surfer Christopher Dennis, who helps children through his Fools Can't Surf programme in Balandra.

Nominations were open to the public for six weeks in August and September and judged by a panel headed by businesswoman Judette Coward. 

Each shortlisted nominee received $10,000 with Espinoza receiving an additional $40,000 to assist with her foundation. 

In his address, Chairman Terrence Bharath urged the nominees to continue their good work.

He said despite all the crime in Trinidad and Tobago, there are people doing good work and it must be celebrated and magnified. 

He said the Champions Award is in keeping with the support Angostura gives to their fenceline communities in Laventille and Morvant and the country at large such as partnering with a youth development programme at the Success Laventille School and the distribution of book vouchers to SEA students at primary schools.

He said Angostura has also donated books, school supplies, photocopiers, stationery and cleaning supplies to schools affected in the recent floods.





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