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Cave Shepherd gives $50 000 to Challenor

THE STUDENTS of the Challenor School can now continue to enjoy their existing programmes, thanks to a generous $50 000 donation from Cave Shepherd.

Grantley Taylor, a director of Cave Shepherd, who has had a 30-year long association with the school both as a council and a board member, recently made the presentation to the acting director, June Blackman, on behalf of the company.

The donation is part of the one million dollars pledged by the company to a number of organisations on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

The Challenor School was one of the organisations chosen because the school caters to the physically and mentally challenged and is also in dire need for funding so that it can continue to operate.

The school, which now has a roll of 46 children and caters to some 60 adults, has been in desperate need of financial assistance to allow it to continue to function and offer the many classes and skills that are required.

Blackman explained that the money would be mainly used in the Adult Training Facility where the young adults work and develop life skills such as sewing, cooking, gardening and homecare among others.

The money will also be used to secure resources and equipment and buy materials to keep the classes going including lumber for the woodwork class, fabric for sewing, craft and other materials for food preparation, agriculture and landscaping.
It will also help with the purchase of computers for the adult section.




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Cave Shepherd group unveils policy on AIDS

ONE GROUP OF COMPANIES has shown its commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Cave Shepherd & Company Ltd along with its associated companies - Duty-Free Caribbean Holdings Ltd, Signia Financial Group Inc., and Fortress Fund Managers Ltd - unveiled a draft policy addressing HIV/AIDS in the workplace.

Speaking at the launch of the Employees' HIV/AIDS policy on Friday at the Barbados Central Security Depository on Hincks Street, Bridgetown, Duty Free Caribbean Holdings regional head of human resources Pauline Mager-Miller said it was important for employers to take action against the disease. "The first step of such action is the formulation of a strategy that increases awareness and tolerance," she said. Mager-Miller noted that the policy had been formulated using International Labour Organisation guidelines and combined the protection of rights, prevention and care.

Chief executive officer of Cave Shepherd & Co. Ltd, John Williams said the 20-54 age group representing 75 per cent of reported HIV/AIDS cases also formed the core of the group's workforce. Noting that his company had always taken its corporate and social responsibility seriously, Williams said this policy represented further commitment to employees.

AIDS Foundation of Barbados president Colin Brewer described the policy as a "truly commercial decision". He said it would be a beneficial investment which, among other things, would help reduce early retirement.

The group of companies also partnered with AIDS Foundation of Barbados Inc. to donate $20 000 each year for the next three years to tackle HIV/AIDS in the workplace.




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The time of St Mary's life

THE BEAUTIFICATION and refurbishment of Bridgetown has been further enhanced with a large traditional-styled chiming clock mounted on the church tower of the historic St Mary's Anglican Church, facing the Jubilee Gardens.

The $50 000 clock, a gift from Cave Shepherd & Company Limited and installed in collaboration with the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. is a four-foot-six-inch Roman Skeleton Dial piece designed and built by Smith of Derby Limited, manufacturers of the clocks on the Parliament Buildings and on the Clock Tower of the Garrison Savannah.

The St Mary's time-piece and a new welcome sign with LCD display, were officially commissioned and blessed last Friday by Anglican Bishop of Barbados, Dr John Holder, and rector of the St Mary's Church, Father Von Watson, during a ceremony attended by members of the board of directors, and staff of Cave Shepherd & amp; Co. Ltd., officials of the BTI, Diocesan Trustees and members of the church.

Speaking briefly at the ceremony, retired Cave Shepherd director Tony Harvey-Read noted that the company, now celebrating its centenary, had been blessed with tremendous support from Barbadians and visitors , and he hoped that the new clock would be part of Bridgetown's evolution for the next 100 years.

The gift recognises Cave Shepherd's "long and cherished" relationship not only with shoppers and workers in Bridgetown, but also with the wider community.

Expressing "praise and thanks" for Cave Shepherd's contribution, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc., Darcy Boyce, said part of the BTI's mandate was to work with the private sector, a mandate which he said was being carried out with sensitivity.




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