Dumfries Moves and Thornton Community Club welcome D&G Foundation grants
The communities of Watson Town and Thornton, in the county of Cornwall, have welcomed the opportunity for social upliftment and empowerment, thanks to two $1-million grants from the Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Foundation's '6 for 60' competition.
In October, the Dumfries Moves Community Club in St James and the Thornton Community Club in St Elizabeth were selected from more than 120 entries. Less than a month later, efforts to better serve their communities have already begun. The Dumfries Moves Community Club caters to the holistic, developmental needs of the community by facilitating mental health sessions, providing care packages, facilitating healthcare services, back-to-school fairs, social outreach for shut-ins, and other activities. Despite delivering much-needed services to the community, the centre did not have a functional bathroom, which was both inconvenient and posed a public health risk. When several months of fundraising activities failed to raise enough money to complete the facility, the group turned to the '6 for 60' competition for support. With $1 million in hand, the club can complete the structure, purchase and install the toilets and face basins, paint and finish the plumbing.
Dumfries Moves' project member Shavelle Davis lit up when she spoke about what winning the competition meant for the organisation.
"This money will go a long way in making positive changes for the community by renovating the community centre. We're very excited and ready to work. As a social worker, I am happy that the D&G Foundation has provided community and human development avenues. Each person positively impacted at our centre will go on to have an even greater impact on their families, friends and community. Initiatives like this play a key part in nation-building," she said.
The members of the Thornton Community Club are just as enthusiastic about being able to contribute even more to their community. The club serves as a multi-purpose space for residents and to facilitate outreach activities, training and sports sessions for youth. Unfortunately, the facility fell into disrepair over the years and required extensive electrical and plumbing repairs and painting. The group became hopeful that they could finish the upgrades with the help of the D&G Foundation after being told about the competition by a Social Development Commission representative.
"We have already planned several initiatives that will begin once the centre is renovated. These include event coordination training courses for community members," Thornton Community Club member Shereace Senior explained.
"This million-dollar grant is a key piece to achieving many of the plans we have for uplifting the residents of Thornton. The club members are excited, and even the older people in the community are ecstatic because they know the children will be constructively occupied. We are extremely grateful to the D&G Foundation, as they have helped us realise our dream. Hats off to you. I pray God continues to bless the foundation, so that it may be able to help many more people in the future," exclaimed Senior, with gratitude.