Networking works

Dear Editor,

  Networking surely works and there is always a backstory. 

  It was late last year or earlier this year, Mr. Bren Romney, Chief Education Officer, Government of Anguilla, reached out to network with me on and around finding a donor to help purchase remote learning devices (laptops) for some students living in the island nation of Anguilla.

  I immediately decided to reach out to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation via correspondence, that was kindly forwarded to the Foundation by Mr. S. Fricker, General Manager of “formerly Resorts and Residences by  CuisinArt” in the island nation of Anguilla. 

  Shortly thereafter, I received a kind affirmative response via correspondence from the Director of the Richard Schulze Family Foundation, with a firm commitment to support and donate the resources to provide remote learning devices (laptops) for some students living in the island nation of Anguilla.

  According to a recent article in the current Anguillian newspaper dated July 6, 2021, the Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club has announced that the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has approved a $35,000 Challenge Grant, that is being offered to the Anguilla Community Foundation under the leadership of Dr. Bonnie Richardson-Lake, Board Chair of the Anguilla Community Foundation, to help purchase 100 laptops for students living in the island nation of Anguilla.

  I am deeply gratified and wish to publicly extend my sincerest thanks to CEO Richard M. Schulze, Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and all those others who are responsible for making the Challenge Grant become a reality.

  I would also like to take this opportunity to commend and applaud CEO Richard M. Schulze, Aurora Anguilla and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, for also promoting a positive example of a goodwill sense of community to benefit, and “enable transformational change” in education, in the island nation of Anguilla through his philanthropic efforts.

  I trust and also encourage other donors will rise to the challenge, and become inspired to contribute towards the Challenge Grant for the benefit of Anguilla’s children.

   As a long-term educator (secondary and higher education), I know that education is a game changer. Personally, I can testify that the formative foundation of the quality education that I received in the island nation of Anguilla back in the day, was indeed a game changer for me; as well as I am sure for many others who were similarly situated, and have ventured beyond Anguilla’s shores many moons ago.

  May the Creator and the ancestors continue to find Anguillians at home and abroad in the Diaspora within their favor.

Yinka G. Stanford