Helping Hand

Courts assists UWI students

With the recent introduction of tuition fees at the University of the West Indies (UWI) said to be affecting Barbadian student enrollment, one local company is offering to provide 10 scholarships this year valued at $30,000.

The special announcement was made today by Unicomer (Barbados) Limited, which operates here under the Courts brand, at the launch of celebrations marking its 50th year of existence on the island.

Managing Director Trisha Tannis said the company was very concerned that with the Government’s recent decision to stop paying tuition costs at the UWI, Barbadians who could not now afford to go to university may decide to drop out or not enroll.

“We see that as a serious issue looking towards the development of our country and we saw that we needed to actually do something just in a small way. So that persons who wanted to stay enrolled or to become enrolled could afford to do so,” Tannis told reporters who attended today’s launch at the store’s Bridgetown location.

In total, the company today launched $120,000 worth of charitable initiatives, including the Courts Big Hearts Foundation, which will provide appliances and other assistance to children’s homes and similar institutions.

Tannis also pledged the company’s continued support to the Courts Home Makeover Fund, as well as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, HIV/AIDS Food Bank, the Thelma Vaughn Children’s Home, the Barbados Cancer Society, the St Michael and St Philip geriatric hospitals and the Child Care Board.

Two lucky homemakers will also benefit from a home makeover valued at $20,000.

Today, one of the grand prize winners in the 2014 Courts Make a Wish Christmas Promotion also collected her $50,000 cheque. Ramona Boyce, a mother of two, was in disbelief when she was informed of her prize.

The Grazettes, St Michael resident said while she has no concrete plans for the big cash prize, her two children would definitely share in her winnings and she would seek to ensure all her bills were paid.

Boyce, who is a first time winner of a major promotion, bought a television, bicycle, a laptop and a desktop computer from Courts when she entered the promotion.

She said she had been a Courts customer “for as long” as she could remember.

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