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UWI Open Campus receives donor support for ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure
Published on January 11, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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Steve Imperato (second left) of FutureFunds Ltd, Advancement Consultant to the University of the West Indies (UWI), hands over a cheque for US$500 to Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus, Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald (third left) in support of the UWI’s second ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure. Others in the picture, from left are: Dr Joel Warrican, Planning and Development Officer, UWI Open Campus; Minna Isreal, Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Resource Development; and Professor Vivienne Roberts, Deputy Principal, UWI Open Campus

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Steve Imperato of FutureFunds Ltd, advancement consultant to the University of the West Indies (UWI), on Wednesday presented a cheque for US$500 to pro vice-chancellor and principal of the UWI Open Campus, Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald in support of the UWI’s second ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure scheduled for April 6 to 17, 2014.

The fund-raising cheque represented FutureFund’s support and commitment to this fundraising initiative of the UWI and the Open Campus. The financial support for a key initiative of the university illustrates how prospective donors and alumni or anyone can be involved and engaged with the institution even if they are unable to participate in activities.

The second ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure series will be aboard the Coral Princess from the elegant Princess Cruises Line. The cruise will originate from Fort Lauderdale in Florida and ports of call will include: Ocho Rios in Jamaica; Limon in Costa Rica; the Panama Canal and Colon in Panama; Cartagena in Colombia; and Aruba.

Apart from providing a relaxing retreat, the cruise also aims to broaden UWI alumni relations inside and outside of the Caribbean region. It is also a fund-raising initiative to provide more opportunities for Caribbean students to attend The UWI.

The activity is the brainchild of Simmons-McDonald and was designed primarily to attract UWI alumni and friends of the UWI across the Caribbean region and the Diaspora. The on-board lectures and in-country activities aim to deepen networks, establish connections, generate goodwill, build friendships and memories, and forge a unique and intriguing Caribbean educational travel experience.

Guests of the UWI on board the cruise will learn interesting facts and features about linkages with Central and South America and Caribbean history, culture, trade and other areas through its on-board academic facilitators.

The first ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure in 2011 was very successful based on the accounts of those who made the trip. Many friends from the UWI were reunited after several years apart, reconnected with families, learned about their Caribbean neighbours and established strong network connections on the cruise.

Persons who are interested in booking the cruise may register by going online to www.open.uwi.edu/adventures. For direct monetary donations to support the work of the UWI Open Campus, email principal@open.uwi.edu for further information.
 
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