School fan donations continue in Antigua and Barbuda



The locally owned Falmouth Harbour Marina has responded positively to the needs of the Liberta Primary School.

The Marina has donated 9 heavy-duty fans to provide relief to the students and teachers during this extremely hot summer.

The country has been experiencing persistent heat waves in recent months, with temperatures rising as high as 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit).

Climatologist Dale Destine put the country on notice way ahead of the scorching weather, saying hotter days are expected.

The Company’s Accountant, Ms. Iline Bailey said that Falmouth Harbour Marina has a long association with the schools close to the marina and has made regular contributions over the years, to both the Liberta and Cobbs Cross schools.

“ I am a past student of this school, as are my two sons, and I am so happy that we can assist to make the classrooms a little more comfortable and bearable in this extreme heat. Our General Manager, Bobby Reis, raised this issue last week, but it took time to source the fans.

We must thank Edward Mansoor at Townhouse for his recommendations on the type of fan and a generous discount.

Meanwhile the Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Arian Fleming-Thomas expressed her thanks to the marina and said it was a timely gift that will offer relief to the students and staff.

Earlier this week, business owners Maurice Belgrave and his wife Adalia donated about 20 standing fans to schools including the Cobbs Cross Primary, All Saints Secondary, Liberta Primary, and Newfield Primary.

The Belgraves also intend to donate fans to the Potters Primary School.

The couple, who are regular donors to local schools, are entrepreneurs who own a commercial dive company – Maurice Underwater Services – as well as Bubblez Taxi and Tours out of English Harbour

Schools across Antigua have posted a tally of the number of fans they need and, collectively, the wish list collated tops 800.

Director of Education Clare Browne has welcomed the move but cautioned against the use of too many fans without adequate monitoring.

He said in an interview this week that schools would have to be properly checked to ensure they can carry the extra load that an increased number of fans would require, warning that some schools may have to undergo major rewiring.

He added that timers would also have to be placed on the fans, as a fan left on overnight, through human error, could cause a fire that could potentially destroy school buildings.