Friday 3 April, 2020

Kids get their pump on at annual Digicel Carnival event

A cross section of children wearing their Carnival face masks at the sixth annual Digicel Foundation Kiddie Pump which took place at the St. James Police Academy grounds. Photo courtesy the Digicel Foundation.

A cross section of children wearing their Carnival face masks at the sixth annual Digicel Foundation Kiddie Pump which took place at the St. James Police Academy grounds. Photo courtesy the Digicel Foundation.

Hundreds of children came out to frolic at the Digicel Foundation’s annual Kiddie Pump, held at the St James Police Academy grounds, Saturday February 15. 

The Foundation said in a release that for the past six years the Digicel Foundation has been hosting Kiddie Pump, a free all-inclusive children’s event. 

(Photo: Commissioner of Police of Trinidad and Tobago Police Service - Gary Griffith has fun with two mime artists. The event was the Digicel Foundation Kiddie Pump which took place at the St. James Police Academy grounds. Photo courtesy the Digicel Foundation.)

The ‘Pump’ is part of the Foundation’s outreach to promote inclusion among persons with disabilities, during our biggest cultural holiday - Carnival.

“The three-hour-long fun-affair started off with a bang with the SOFit Athletes from the Lady Hochoy School from Gasparillo taking control of the entertainment with a dance warm-up routine to get everyone in the mood for what was in store for the afternoon.”

The day included live performances from Lyndsey Hay and two of Digicel’s Soca Avengers - artistes Preedy and Nailah Blackman. 

(Photo: Digicel Soca Avenger Nailah Blackman during her energetic performance at the Digicel Foundation Kiddie Pump.)

Other activities the children were treated to included: bouncy castles, face-painting, mask-making, novelty games and refreshments.

The Foundation said: “The Digicel Foundation continues to do its part in observing Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in culturally significant activities.”

Kiddie Pump 2020 was held in partnership with Blue Waters, Holiday Foods, Kiss, SM Jaleel, Hadco, Pizza Hut, Nestle, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Reserves, and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Sports Club. 

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