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The Ginn West End Foundation sponsors 2011 West End Eco-Fishing Camp
By Janet Albury
Feb 3, 2011 - 4:18:57 PM

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Photograph [left to right]: - Sue Wright, Constance Hanna, Claudine Hanna [food and beverage co-ordinators], Linda Barry-Cooper, chairman of The West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association, Derek Gape, project manager of Ginn sur Mer, Kenda Christie, West End Urban Renewal, Jarslyn Rolle, centre manager of West End Urban Renewal, ASP Reckley, West End Police Department Photo credit: V.I.P. Services Ltd.

West End, Grand Bahama Island - The Ginn West End Foundation presented a sponsorship cheque to The West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association, who along with the West End Police, Urban Renewal and team of volunteers, for the third consecutive year, will host a 12 week program from 9th April - 25th June in West End. The dedicated team ensures the children's safety and training, while providing encouragement and support to each camper.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force, Urban Renewal and local churches are part of the selection process whereby deserving candidates are identified, from a registration list of children aged 8 to 15 years old, to attend the Camp, free of charge.

The Foundation is pleased to support this worthwhile programme and endorses the camp's motto "Esprit de Corps", which encourages a 'team effort' with a balanced dose of "discipline" in each of its planned activities. Last year over 60 students were taught how to swim, fish, boatmanship, were educated in the field of ecology, participated in community clean up exercises and were taught to develop an entrepreneurial spirit where they can shape their future and that of their community.
Last year, in addition to sponsoring The West End Eco-Fishing Camp, The Ginn West End Foundation sponsored 24 campers to a two-week sailing training session organized by The Grand Bahama Sailing Club located at the Sir Charles Hayward Yacht Club.  The students learnt the fundamentals of sailing and received hands-on training, exposing them to the joy of sailing. The West End Eco-Fishing Camp is currently in the process of purchasing used Lasik's and Opti's from the Sailing Club, in hope of hosting a 2011 Regatta, to be held in West End under the auspices of the WEEFCA and to be planned by the campers!
Nakira Wilchcombe of The Grand Bahama Port Authority will once again impart information on Grand Bahama's eco-system, an integral part of the camp.  A visit to the Rand Nature Centre along with training sessions led by  Clayton Curtis of Sea Scout, Marie Cadets, Wellington Ferguson [Nature and Bahamian Historian], Gregg Waugh of Safe Spear [lionfish] and the Bahamas National Trust, round out the list of additional instruction incorporated in the 2011 Eco-Fishing Camp.
Mrs. Linda Barry-Cooper, Chairman of The West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association along with her Assistant, Miss Kenda Christie of the West End Urban Renewal expressed their appreciation to The Ginn West End Foundation for once again supporting the camp.  Mr. Derek Gape, Project Manager of Ginn sur Mer presented the donation and thanked all those involved, including the West End Police Department, Urban Renewal and volunteers from the West End community for generously giving their time and talents and stepping forward in order to make this dream come true for many of the deserving youth from the West End community.

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