Another 21 bicycles were donated yesterday as the local business community continues to support President David Granger’s ‘Boats, Buses and Bicycles’ initiative.
According to a press release from the Ministry of the Presidency, David and Margaret Enterprise of Potaro, Mahdia, Region Eight and Antarctic Maintenance and Repairs in Georgetown presented the bicycles to First Lady Sandra Granger and Minister of Social Cohesion Amna Ally at a simple ceremony held at State House.
Kent Phillips, of Antarctic Maintenance and Repairs, said that after having read about the initiative in the local papers, he thought it was an excellent venture to support. Speaking also on behalf of other donors who were absent from the ceremony, Phillips said that he is sure that the bicycles will serve their intended purpose, the release said.
Meanwhile, Minister Ally thanked the donors, saying that it was encouraging to see that the initiative is “catching on” and that people are responding favourably.
“More and more private citizens are contributing. The President has a passion for education and he wants to ensure that every child gets an education. This will allow many students who are at a disadvantage to go to school,” the release quoted her as saying.
The ‘Boats, Buses and Bicycles’ initiative started in July when President Granger celebrated his 70th birthday and made a call for support of the initiative that will ensure transportation is provided so that children can get to school safely and comfortably. Since then, there has been a tremendous response, with citizens and business donating boats and engines and bicycles.