Over 1,500 books were given to the
children of St. Kitts & Nevis during a small ceremony on Wednesday, August
1, by the passengers about the Carnival Destiny cruise ship. Blue World
Travel, a San Francisco based travel agency, is the organisation that
spearheaded the book drive.
Minister with responsibility for Education Hon. Sam Condor, accepted the
donation on behalf of the children of St. Kitts and Nevis. Commenting on
the donation, he said, “When you give a child a book, you give a gift for
life. If we are to develop and grow as a people and as a country we have to
read. That is the foundation and source of knowledge. Our nation is
grateful for this gift”.
In return for their kind deed, the Hon. Sam Condor gave a painting of
Brimstone Hill, to the representatives of Blue World Travel. The art piece
is the work of local painter, L.W. Young. Cruise ship passengers were also
treated to a special performance by the Okolo Tegremantine drummers.
Peggy Presley of Blue World Travel said,
“It has been the practice of Blue
World Travel to pair a vacation at sea with a contribution to a chosen port
of call. We like to vacation, but we also realise that we need to give
something back. Our purpose is to share our love of learning and to spark
continued growth and inquiry by the young children.”
Passengers collected the books prior to setting sail aboard the ship. The
donated books will be given to schools and other learning institutions in
St. Kitts & Nevis.