Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Sagicor, BL&P, Mason give children a colourful Easter treat

Children with the kites they made, ready to fly.

Children with the kites they made, ready to fly.

Twenty (20) children between the ages of six and 11 were given a special Easter treat last Friday when Sagicor Life Incorporated hosted their kite making and kite flying workshop at the Garrison Savannah.

The children who came from Sagicor clients and employees began their day with a kite making class at the Clock Tower at 11:00 am and concluded around 2:00 pm with kite flying at the Garrison Savannah.

With the help of members from the Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) who taught the young children the safety components behind flying kites during this season and Akeem Mason who taught them the necessary kite making skills, Sagicor was able to pull off the workshop which was the first of its kind by the company.

Sagicor Marketing Officer Folayan Taitt said the workshop was designed to not only give back to the community but to also provide activities for the children which would keep our traditions alive.

"The Easter vacation is synonymous with kite making and kite flying for the young and the young at heart. Our Customer Experience team at Sagicor Life Inc put together a wonderful activity for the children of our clients and employees where they can learn traditional kite making methods."

"As a company, Sagicor is committed to giving back to the community through initiatives such as this, which provide activities for children but also foster the traditions which make us who we are. With the help of Mr. Akeem Mason, this group of children can now pass on our traditions to their peers and even their own children someday."

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Speaking to Loop following his kite making demonstrations, Akeem Mason said it was amazing witnessing the children creating their own kites for the first time.

"The kids are very creative. Many of them only had bat kites before so they didn't have a clue how to make a kite. To see them paper their own kites was amazing."

The 28-year-old who is also a member of a group called Uplift 246 which donates to the less fortunate during Easter, Christmas and "Back-To-School", said that the workshop was right up his alley. 

"I was already doing this before so it was no problem. I would do anything to help a kid and if there is anything I could do to raise awareness of the Easter kite flying I would because as you can see, children are just stuck in a house now."

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