Donations fueling a new Over-the-Hill community center

Donations fueling a new Over-the-Hill community center
Government officials and stakeholders at the groundbreaking ceremony for the FTX Community Center to be built Over-the-Hill and managed by Lend A Hand Bahamas.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Although a $500,000 donation from FTX to Lend A Hand Bahamas is a show-stopper, other Bahamas-based, like-minded corporations and charitable foundations have also donated generously to the building of a new community center on Lewis Street in Bain and Grants Town.

In the lead-up to the groundbreaking on March 9, the non-profit organization received donations from Leslie Bacardi of the Contigo Foundation in honor of her late husband, Jorge Bacardi, the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation and the family of the late Sir Sean Connery.

Minster of Education and Technical and Vocational Training Glenys Hanna-Martin and Bain and Grants Town MP Wayde Watson participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, praising Lend A Hand Bahamas for its ongoing initiatives.

Hanna-Martin said she is certain the community center will help to uncover brilliant minds in the community.

She was echoed by Watson, who grew up in the area and was guided on the straight-and-narrow by someone who decided to “lend a hand”.

The Lewis Street property will serve as a skills development and creativity hub and will be named the FTX Community Center.

FTX has also committed to match donations made to Lend A Hand Bahamas through 2022 up to a further $500,000.

Lucas Metropulos, a Lend a Hand Bahamas board member, underscored that partnerships such as the one forged with FTX will result in numerous advantages for hundreds of residents Over-the-Hill, especially school-aged children.

Valdez K Russell, FTX’s vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility, said: “The work of Lend A Hand Bahamas is admirable and their commitment to Bahamians and residents is important.

“We know that our partnership will produce more talented Bahamians, more inspired stories and better communities that help individuals to thrive in a modern Bahamas.”

He added: “Community is at the heart of what we do and the relationship with Lend a Hand will produce meaningful results for significant impact in a better Bahamas.”

The FTX Community Center will feature a recording studio, reading room, culinary training kitchen, STEM and other dedicated spaces, and will be home to holistic after-school and weekend programs.

Among other pillars, FTX partnerships focus on health and wellness, the empowerment of women and children, hunger and food insecurity, climate change and environmental issues — all of which have a connection to the various initiatives spearheaded by Lend A Hand Bahamas.

The FTX Community Center will be a place to bring people together, engage them in the development of new skills and inspire a hopeful optimism of what is possible for an incredible future.