Surprised with Catamaran and other Water Sports Activities The dedicated staff members of the Naz Children’s Centre for students with special needs got an extraordinary surprise on Sunday, September 8, when telecommunications company, Digicel treated them to a day of sun, fun and refreshment aboard a Catamaran at the Montego Bay Yacht Club.
Thirteen dedicated staff members set out that morning for what they thought was a training session to improve their skills as teachers of students with special needs—only to find that they were instead going to be pampered and feted on a fabulous Catamaran dubbed “Freestyle”. With non-stop food, drink, foot massages and fun, the teachers were delighted at the opportunity to “cool down” before the start of their hectic school year.
Principal of the Naz Children’s Centre, Alixann Narcisse-Campbell expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Digicel team for the gesture, remarking that the experience was ‘simply amazing’. “This was a wonderful way to relax and release any stress before the start of the school year. For the staff members, especially the new ones, it was an opportunity for them to bond and develop a kinship that is absolutely necessary for us to succeed. We are really happy that Digicel has stepped in to do this for us and it is an experience that we will be able to look back at and remember fondly when times get stressful,” said Narcisse-Campbell.
Shelly-Ann Harris, senior communications manager at Digicel was happy to see the team having fun both on the Catamaran and in the water, snorkeling and relaxing. “It is a pleasure to be able give back in this kind of way and to create this one of a kind experience for the staff members of the Naz Children’s Center. We have been a strong supporter of the special needs community in Jamaica through the Digicel Foundation, and now, Digicel wants to celebrate the persons who are on the ground, helping these special children to fulfill their potential and make their dreams come true,” Harris said.
Digicel brand ambassador, Tifa, who came onboard to share in the moment commented on the importance of the activity. “I really enjoyed this initiative and I think it’s a beautiful thing to do for this school...I think it’s a great way to start them off so they can relax and start the school year fresh.”
The NAZ Children’s Centre is currently the only mixed-ability school in Western Jamaica. The facility, which recently received a $31 million dollar boost from the Digicel Foundation will be able to open its doors to double its previous school population with the added infrastructure and equipment.