St. Kitts and Nevis, May 29, 2019 - West Tech Shipping is taking a firm stance against bullying. The leading regional logistics and courier company teamed up with “Anti-Bullying” Author and Youth Advocate, Loverly Sheridan, and the Rotary club of St. Kitts and Nevis, to pioneer the “Buddy Ambassordors / Buddy Bench Campaign.”
‘BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY’ is a successful regional and international anti-bullying campaign geared towards children from grades pre-K to grade five (Ages 4 to 10), to help raise awareness, end bullying, promote friendliness and inclusiveness in schools.
Country Manager for West Tech Shipping St. Kitts and Nevis, Ms. Nathalie Charles explains that the programme falls in line with West Tech Shipping’s core values, therefore, partnering with the programme is a perfect opportunity to give back to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“West Tech Shipping is committed to supporting initiatives that will effect positive change in our communities. The “BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY” campaign is one such initiative that we are proud to be associated with. Being in the presence of the children and capturing their response to the programme was invaluable. As a leading logistics and courier company we pride ourselves in encouraging social development through youth advocacy,” expresses Charles
As part of its partnership commitment, West Tech Shipping sponsored the construction of two “Buddy Benches” for the St. Paul’s and the Bronte Welsh Primary Schools. The benches will be used as a tool to encourage positive interactions among the students.
“We are hopeful that the “Buddy Benches” will create a safe space for the students to socialize and learn. The students are responding favourably to the programme and they all love the Buddy Bench. The West Tech Shipping Family is simply grateful we are able to partner and contribute to this amazing programme”
The “BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY” campaign is recording successes in the United States and the author’s homeland, Saint Lucia; is expected to be just as successful in St. Kitts and Nevis.
The campaign forms part of Sheridan’s “Buddy Ambassadors” programme and book ‘Be a Buddy Not a Bully”. She believes that if we teach children about the effects of their actions, and the importance of teamwork, sharing, compassion and empathy from an early age, that we can help curb some of our larger societal problems.
“This belief is what inspired the “Buddy Ambassadors/ Buddy Bench” initiative. Bullying is a pervasive global issue which affects children in many different ways, including death by suicide. Most acts of bullying start at an early age when children are unable to understand the effects and consequences of their actions,” states Sheridan
The author’s goal is to place “Buddy Benches” at every School on the island. She stresses that the campaign is ongoing and is looking forward to the support of other corporations and community members, at home and abroad, to help in promoting friendliness and inclusiveness in schools on the island.
Sheridan is grateful for the support of the Ministry of Education, Rotary Club of St. Kitts, School Principals, West Tech Shipping, other sponsors and other local community members for their efforts in making the campaign possible.
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