Foundation considering requests to repeat successful Summer Splash

Children receive a cool shower from a fire hose during Summer Splash at Carnival Village on Sunday.

MARIGOT–President of Hope and Music Development Foundation Paul Whit said he is seriously considering repeating the Summer Splash event before school starts in September, after the positive feedback organisers received following Sunday’s first edition held in Carnival Village in Galis Bay.   Organisers estimated around 400 children enjoyed the fun activities throughout the day, despite the intense heat. In fact, children delighted in being cooled down occasionally with a fountain of water from a fire hose.  “We were inundated with requests to repeat the event, even extend it to more days,” said Whit. “Children enjoyed it so much they didn’t want to go home. We were very pleased to see a good mix of participants, and a lot of parents, not just the locals from the island, but those from metropolitan France too, enjoying the day. I’m glad we tried it. It shows with a little creativity you can keep kids occupied.”

 Kicking a football through one of the hoops was one of numerous games organised on Sunday at Summer Splash.

Activities and games for different age groups, and parents, were organised continuously from 10:00am to 6:00pm with emcees Dutty Sham and Funtopia’s Caution keeping it moving briskly from one game to the next. After each game, prizes were awarded. Games included jumping in the bag, dance-offs, dress-up match-up games, pool games, etc.  Music was provided by DJ Big Boss and DJ Vybz.

  While parents mostly stayed in the shade under a huge tent, children were having fun at various stands and bouncy castles around the perimeter of the village. For thrill seekers, one stand offered a virtual reality experience. At the far end of the ground two portable different size swimming pools, and three other water-slide related structures had been erected for the children’s enjoyment, which were supervised by swimming instructors. For hygiene requirements, the water in each of the two pools was changed in the absence of purification pumps.

  Whit added that putting on the event was not cheap but definitely worth it, and he thanked sponsors I Love SXM, MSR TV, Dauphin Telecom, Funtopia, Bebe N Kids and Foundation for Hope and Music Development for making it possible.     

Source: The Daily Herald