HIRTAC grant $20k to student-led community initiative

North Caicos' D.C. Cynclair Musgrove brought to our attention the ambitious, highly commendable work of Raymond Gardiner High School students. Briann Gardiner (5th Form) & Astacio Ariza (4th Form), together with their peers, are championing the repairs and refurbishment of their community facility at Horse Stable Beach.

This integral landmark not only hosts civic and social functions, such as the annual Rake nā€™ Scrape, Season Jam, pageants, recitals, graduations and meetings among others, but is also a very popular tourist destination. Though since the passing of Irma and Maria, it has been forced to close. This has already led to two major community functions being affected.

In their letter to HIRTAC, they stated that they would like to 'give back to the island that gave so much to them'. The students' resourcefulness, compassion and wisdom is beyond their years. We owe it to these future leaders of TCI to encourage and empower their goals.

Since then we have been in discussion with officials; the Ministries of Education, Infrastructure, Planning and Public Works are all very supportive of their initiative and for contributions towards the scheme. We would like the pay special thanks to our advisor & TCIG Senior Quantity Surveyor, Dominique Durham, who has been instrumental in assisting the cause. We are all very exited to work together with the students.

So, what are we doing?

HIRTAC are kick-starting their campaign with an initial grant of $20,000! This is thanks to all of your generous donations so far; THANK YOU! Also, thank you for being patient while we ensured that your contributions will be well invested and meaningfully delivered.

In order to help make their dream a reality, we still need to do more. We are working alongside the students to help establish and advise on the works. We are committed to realizing their vision for a resilient, celebrated site that seizes the full potential of its location.

We will be running a series of community-engagement programmes with local practices and individuals to develop not only the students' proposal for the site, but also to offer design education outreach. We believe it is important to not only help restore this facility to beyond its former glory, but to also engage and empower this community.

With official assessments totaling repairs at over $130k, we need your help.  

We are seeking monetary or material sponsorship on behalf of the students. You can make donations here, or please get in touch to learn more and find out other ways you can contribute.

We will be announcing developments with their project along the way & opportunities to get your sleeves rolled up in 2018.

WELL DONE Briann, Astacio & peers! Your determination, and that of your hardworking District Commissioner, is truly inspiring.

#TCIstrong #BuildBackBetter #HorseStableBeach 

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Quinn Fidler