The Children’s Home received $14,000 dollars for monthly bills, with the balance to go towards food for the Home.

This year’s Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) fishing tournament brought in more funds than ever before, allowing GBS to significantly contribute to the youth of Grand Bahama.

The proceeds from this year’s tournament were donated to Eight Mile Rock High School, St. George’s High School, Jack Hayward, High School, the Grand Bahama Youth Choir, the Grand Bahama Children’s Home and the Sir Charles Hayward Library.

During a press conference held at the Shipyard, Katherine Smith, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations, noted, “Our community relations efforts are always focused on how we can assist the young in our community through sports, education, arts and culture. Our donations today are representative of those efforts.”

Receiving donations this year were Jack Hayward High School and St. George’s High School, who each received $7,000 dollars towards their technical training programmes, as many of the yard’s apprentices come from those schools.

Sir Charles Hayward Library and the Grand Bahama Youth Choir all received $14,000 dollars for upgrades to their facilities.

The Children’s Home also received $14,000 dollars for monthly bills, with the balance to go towards food for the Home.

In addition to these donations, the Shipyard also gave $40,000 to their sponsor school, Eight Mile Rock High School, towards the purchase of a new school bus.

“This year we are going to reintroduce our welding programme, so this donation is very timely,” said Yvonne Ward, Principal at Jack Hayward High School. “The students benefit greatly from our technical programme as they’re able to prepare for careers in technical fields, including becoming apprentices at the Shipyard. We can’t say thank you enough.”

“The Shipyard is very proud to make these donations. We saw the need that each of these organisations had,” said Reuben Byrd, Acting President and COO at GBS. “When we host this event, we want to do our best to help the Grand Bahama community as much as we can; we know that supporting these youth programmes and helping with education will help prepare students for their various careers.”

The continued success of the annual event fishing tournaments ensures that they can continue to be a blessing to the Grand Bahama community.

You can visit the event’s website grandbahamashipyard.com/fishing or the Grand Bahama Shipyard’s Facebook page to see more information.

“We are thrilled about this donation,” said Shelia Smith, GB Children’s Home Administrator. “This comes at a perfect time for us as we’ve just prepared our children to head back to school and funding is desperately needed.”

Photo 1: Grand Bahama Shipyard donates to the island’s youth – This year’s Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) fishing tournament brought in more funds than ever before, allowing GBS to significantly contribute to the youth in Grand Bahama. The proceeds from this year’s tournament were donated to Eight Mile Rock High School, St. George’s High School, Jack Hayward High School, the Grand Bahama Youth Choir, the Grand Bahama Children’s Home and the Sir Charles Hayward Library. Pictured is the Grand Bahama Children’s Home receiving their cheque. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)