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posted Jul 8, 2015, 11:00 AM by Andre Davidson   [ updated Jul 23, 2015, 8:07 PM ]
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 The Progressive Optimist Club of Barbados (POC) is an independent affiliate of Optimist International with a mandate to advance the mandate of “Bringing out the Best in Children.

The Progressive Optimist Club started the Progressive Optimist Back-to-School Uniform & Supplies Drive in 2014 as one of our continuing initiatives to assist the children of Barbados who have a need.  Under this programme we reached out to individuals and corporate Barbados to provide support and resources.

The response was overwhelming and we received donations of used and new school uniforms, socks, shoes, school bags, pens, pencils, erasers, text books, reference books, art books, exercise books, school uniform materials, belts, ties, paper, crayons, rain coats.  We were also able to collect some funds which were used to purchase uniforms & supplies and provide support in very specific and monitored circumstances for the payment of school fees.

Our 2014 drive was successful in providing support for over six hundred (600) school children from 236 families.  For 2015 with no respite in the economy and steadily increasing unemployment, we anticipate that the demand this year will be much higher.

As a community we know that each and every one of us must do our part to ensure a child is properly clothed and supplied with necessities to attend school.  We are therefore asking your organisation to help us help others in one or more of the following ways:

  1.       ORGANISE AN INTERNAL COLLECTION DRIVE FROM YOUR STAFF to bring in their used or new in good condition school uniforms, bags, shoes, books, stationery, cash, etc.  and we can then arrange to collect it from you.

  2.       Display & Distribute our attached flyer to your staff members, suppliers and clients to ensure that NO school uniforms or supplies is discarded that can be used to help a child and a family.

  3.       Donate to our drive, one ad from your advertising budget/campaign to promote this cause across the country and internationally.  Attached is our Flyer/Ad, you can request an audio ad.

  4.       Provide our drive with Cash, Products and or Services that would help us reach our goal of providing back to school uniforms & supplies for the children.  In other words, the things that we give our children and take for granted that other children will have.

  5.       You can also choose to adopt a child or children, where you as an organisation or an individual can provide for that child schooling needs.

  6.      Organise your own collection drive to feed into our inventory for distribution on the last two Saturdays of August.

We get it!  You have a business to run, but you would like to help.  We the Optimist Clubs of Barbados are providing you with that opportunity.  

Please grab a hold of this opportunity and call or email us, and we will help you, help the children and families of our community known as Barbados.

You can contact us at .

Thank You.

Cameron P O Sobers


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Andre Davidson,
Jul 8, 2015, 11:26 AM