Press Release

Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture
Release Date:
Thursday, 2 July 2020 - 12:22pm

Maples BVI has donated an additional $12,500 to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture to go towards the Elmore Stoutt High School’s Music Programme.

Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley thanked Maples for their contribution which will be used to purchase new music instruments for the secondary school students of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS). 

This contribution is the second donation that Maples BVI has made towards the ESHS Music programme through the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA).

Chief Executive Officer (Acting) of the RDA Anthony McMaster said, “I am grateful that both the private and public sectors could work together for the benefit of the future of this Territory.”

As a community partner, Maples BVI previously donated $100,000 to the ESHS Music Programme which was used to build the music classroom and purchase musical instruments.

Managing Partner of Maples BVI, Richard May said that he is pleased to make the donation and thanked the RDA for identifying and facilitating a need in the community.

Currently the Music Programme is housed in a temporary structure on campus that was contracted through the RDA as part of its rebuilding mandate after the Hurricanes of 2017. The temporary structure was also a public and private sector partnership with UNITE BVI and BVI Alliance. UNITE BVI also contributed an additional $4,200 for music instruments.

The RDA was established in April 2018, to collaborate with the Government of the Virgin Islands, private sector, the public and civil society to best address the urgent needs of the Territory as a result of the natural disasters that occurred in 2017.

Author

Nekita Turnbull

Information Officer II
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2730
Email:  Neturnbull@gov.vg