Payless spreads cheer to a Variety of children
"The smiles on these children's faces are priceless."
With the season of cheer upon us once again, giving and gifting is as per usual everybody’s favourite hobby and for 200 lucky and deserving children this fact will directly benefit them.
This year, Payless (via their Shoes 4 Kids program) in collaboration with Variety, the Children’s Charity treated approximately 32 students from the Ellerton Primary Special Unit to a day of festivities.
Loop attended the event today and chatted with the organizers of the event, teachers and students of Ellerton Primary. Wayne Bryan, Senior Teacher of the Ellerton Primary Special Unit spoke with Loop to discuss the entire venture.
“We worked closely with the Variety Club of Barbados who organize various activities for us and provide us with various materials and resources to assist us with the teaching and learning process. They also partnered with Payless who offered to create a day of activities for our students today. First starting with the shopping here at Payless and then we’re gonna have lunch at Chefette Restaurants just next door and then we’re going to Sheraton for a movie.”
Also in attendance, was Chefette Ambassador and Soca star Mikey Mercer who was visibly happy to be present at the event. Mikey spoke with Loop and shared his feelings about being a part of the day’s activities.
“I did some work with Payless in relation to Breast Cancer awareness; I was their ambassador in October and afterwards we had some discussions about their plans about the rest of the year and next year and they told me about this; the Shoes 4 Kids and everyone knows I’m really heavy on charity so I told them that I would try to get some of my friends to come on board so we can all help. So today, I’m here helping the kids to get their shoes so they can be nice and smiley. Seeing them smiling does it for me. The smile on these children’s faces is priceless.”
Additionally, Loop also caught up with the Executive Director of the Variety Club, Donnah Russell who explained the intricacies about the entire venture.
“The collaboration was initiated by Payless and we’ve been doing this for a few years and each year we choose a different school but we always include one special needs unit and let them have the experience. Other children get to enjoy the experience of shopping with their parents for Christmas but these special needs children don’t always have that opportunity so we wanted to give them that opportunity to come and experience what Christmas shopping is like and this morning Payless organized a Dj, a clown and Mikey is here as well so the children are having a grand time.”
She further added that with current state of the economy, the venture does face some challenges but she was grateful to Payless for continuing the venture year after year despite such challenges. She also thanked some of the sponsors from corporate Barbados such as The Maria Holder Memorial Trust.
See photos from the event below.