Showing the true meaning of being their brothers and sisters’ keepers, the family owned and operated franchise of Wendy’s Bahamas partnered with Berkeley Preparatory School (BPS) in Florida, to assist those severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
This past Saturday, October 12, representatives of the Tsavossis family, the franchisees of the local Wendy’s chains, travelled to Grand Bahama to distribute hurricane items to residents of Hawksbill, one of the many subdivisions compromised by storm surge.
Georgette Tsavoussis, along with her husband, brother-in-law and his wife, who are co-owners of the Wendy’s franchises in New Providence and Grand Bahama were excited to be a part of the collaborative effort.
“Today we are providing relief supplies that were collected and donated by Berkley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. It is a Pre-K to12th grade school,” she explained.
Noting that she and her family hold a special bond with the learning institution, as all three of her children attended the school, Tsavoussis expressed that Wendy’s was more than happy to partner with the school for this particular effort, as well as others that they have forged with in the past.
She noted that it was important for the company to reach out to the community in such a tangible way. “This is our family, and our family was affected.”
Jane Basden, District Manager, Wendy’s Freeport shared with this daily a bit about the items that were donated to the residents of Hawksbill.
“Today we are handing out a variety of products - cereals, treats for kids, canned goods, pasta, nutritional items like organic beans and corn. We are distributing a lot of healthy items today.
“We are reaching out to the Hawksbill community right now, because they were greatly impacted by the storm,” he added.
The group was on site at the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Hawksbill between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Additionally, Tsavoussis shared that Wendy’s (Bahamas) has also partnered with BPS on another project, which they have been continuing on an annual basis.
They forged a partnership with Berkeley many years ago, to build libraries in the government schools in Nassau.
Berkley collects all of the books and materials and we build out the libraries, and the technology (tech) centers. They come in and we create beautiful new libraries for the students, with Berkley.
“This has been going on annually now; it has been Sandilands, Yellow Elder and Columbus Primary,” she informed.
Questioned if there are any plans to bring the initiative to Grand Bahama, she responded, “Why not! That is what we do with Berkley because we think that it is so important, for every child.
“It started with our kids because they realized that we are collecting these books, teaching them how to read … it first started with our reading programme and then it evolved. My youngest son said, this is great but there are no libraries, there is no place to go and read.”
Thus the partnership evolved, she informed.
According to the learning institution’s website (www.berkeleyprep.org), “Founded in 1960, Berkeley is an independent Episcopal day school for boys and girls in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Combining academic excellence with a spirit of social responsibility, Berkeley develops well-rounded individuals seeking to make a positive difference in the world.”