The Sandals Foundation donated a much-needed deep freezer, one of the items on a wish list, to the Fiennes Institute kitchen, on Tuesday. The philanthropic organisation used funds raised at a charity race earlier in the year to grant the gift.
On Father’s Day, the Sandals Foundation in collaboration with the Antigua & Barbuda Cycling Federation organised a 21.5 K Bike Race and a 10 K Run in aid of Fiennes. The government-run nursing home caters for the elderly and abandoned and currently has 67 residents.
Master of Fiennes Alton Forde received the gift on behalf of the residents. He said the new equipment would help to run the kitchen more efficiently.
“The freezer will certainly increase our storage capacity and prevent cross contamination from us having to store prepared foods and raw foods in the same place,” Forde said. “We are glad that you were able to assist in this regard and we just want to thank you.”
Sandals Grande Antigua’s General Manager Gaurav Sindhi, who made the handover on behalf of the resort chain’s charitable arm, said Sandals was proud to work with Fiennes and would maintain the relationship.
“Thank you for the important work that you are doing here,” Sindhi told the staff members who were present.
“We believe an institution like Fiennes is important to any society and we hope to help keep it functioning as best it can for the people who need it most. We are happy to assist a worthy project like this one.”