By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
EMPLOYEES of the Grand Bahama Power Company hosted a back-to-school giveaway and fun day on Saturday at the grounds of its headquarters on Pioneer’s Way.
Backpacks with school supplies were distributed to students, who enjoyed a day of fun playing in the bouncing castle with lots to eat and drink.
Philcher Grant-Farquharson, public relations officer, said the event is the brainchild of their Employee Volunteer Group and is hosted every year.
“Last year, an estimated 300 children turned out and we also went to east and west Grand Bahama to deliver back-to-school packages, and we expect to double that this year,” she said.
“We are always looking at ways to give back to the community, and we also understand that with the downturn in the economy things are still tough for the island, so we wanted to do something that would impact our customers in a real and personal way.”
Mia Wilchcombe, chairman of the GBPC Employee Volunteer Group, said this year they prepared some 800 backpacks to give away, which also included USB drives for high school students.
Mrs Farquharson also said that GBPC continues to be a good corporate citizen in Grand Bahama.
“When you are stable on the island and provide a critical service you want to make sure that you are giving back to the community where you do your business, and that has always been an important mantra for GBPC, and each year we look at ways to partner with community doing events like this,” she said.