By John Smith •
Published: 26 Feb 2020 • 16:56
Handing over of the books
Credit: Gibraltar Government
THE Office of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations has been supported by the Guardian Angel Foundation to promote social and environmental responsibility amongst children and young people.
The charity has donated more than £3,300 to purchase books and other school resources to support this initiative, including new storybooks for lower and upper primary schools that can bring the sustainability topics such as biodiversity, carbon footprints, poverty, privilege and justice alive in classrooms.
Subsequent to this, the local charity will donate a further £4,500 to purchase materials that enable learners to engage practically in growing food in schools, looking after green areas and improving their local community.
The Guardian Angel Foundation is a Gibraltar registered charity set up in 2013 with the intention of improving the standards of care and living for local children affected by financial distress or suffering from any illness or disability which impairs their physical or mental well-being.
The Charity aims to provide financial or other support to institutions that provide care, support or services to children and it also funds activities that may benefit children and make their lives happier with less worry.
The charity has already delivered substantial projects for the community over the past few years which included new sensory rooms for St Martin’s School, Notre Dame First School, and St Bernard’s Hospital, a refurbishment of the Rainbow Ward Playroom and a children’s playground at the Cancer Relief Centre premises so that children can play in an enjoyable environment whilst their parent/guardian is receiving treatment.
It has also provided several high dependency cots for the Rainbow Ward, and the After School Club at the Boathouse in the Victoria Stadium area specifically designed to cater for children with learning and physical disabilities.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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