Students of Goodwill Industries stand for a photograph next to the $500,000 30-seater Rosa Mitsubishi bus which was donated for their use by the Children’s Ark.
The Children’s Ark has thanked ANSA Automotive, the Ministry of Finance, the Comptroller of Customs, the Government and a special supporter (not named) for their support and assistance in purchasing a new 30-seater Rosa Mitsubishi bus.
The organisation handed over the $500,000 bus to Goodwill Industries on Monday during a ceremony at Fitzblackman Drive, Port of Spain.
President of the organisation, Simone de la Bastide, said in a release yesterday “The Children’s Ark is indeed very happy to be in the driver’s seat in donating this bus for the benefit of the many challenged students of Goodwill Industries. This bus will greatly assist in alleviating the abuse that some of these students endure while using the public transport system.”
De la Bastide said one of the directors of The Children’s Ark, Dr. Kongshiek Achong Low, was the person who, mid last year, first brought to the Board’s attention the urgent need to acquire a bus for the children.
She said he was instrumental in acquiring a waiver of all the taxes and duties on the bus from the Comptroller of Customs and the Ministry of Finance.
De la Bastide said he also “acquired a very generous deduction” from the cost of the bus from ANSA Automotive “keeping in mind that inclusive of taxes and duties, this 30-seater bus is originally sold for $600,000′”
She said the Ark was an organisation that “seeks to improve the lives and living conditions of our nation’s marginalised children, whether underprivileged, abused, addicted, abandoned or otherwise challenged.”
She described it as an “early Valentine gift to these challenged children.”
Article Source: Trinidad Guardian
Story By: Trinidad Guardian
Date: Wednesday 11th February, 2015