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TSTT FOUNDATION rolls out the red carpet for children

Caption: This youngster is eager to begin, as she gets a boost from DATT's President, Carlton Phillip

The TSTT Foundation is hosting over 100 extraordinary children at two unique camps to bring an exciting end to the August school-break.

The first camp has been organized by the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago and targets young people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This is the 6th year that the TSTT Foundation has sponsored the live-in camp for children with diabetes. The camp will be set up at Milner Hall on the campus of the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, from August 16th to 19th.

The aim of this one-of-a-kind camp is to provide a fun, live-in camp experience for the children while at the same time give them crucial skills and coaching for the lifelong management of their condition. “Children that are insulin-dependent are truly courageous as they often have to follow a self-managed daily regimen of treatments and monitoring” says TSTT’s Camille Salandy, Head of Public Relations and External Affairs. She said that the support from parents and guardians was also important to successfully managing this life threatening condition and the camp was a form of tribute to the children, their parents and the healthcare professionals that work with them.

Just as the camp for children with diabetes winds down on August 19th, the TSTT Foundation will switch gears to open the doors at the Tacarigua Regional Sports Complex to host sixty 8 – 13 year olds from seven Children’s Homes in Trinidad and Tobago. This is the TSTT Foundation’s second annual Sports and Culture camp for children living in special homes and all of the stops have been pulled out to give them a week to remember. “We have been fortunate to get others involved who share our passion for youth development like the Stern John skills academy and the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts - UWI” said Salandy.

The Sports and Culture camp will run from August 20th to 24th and will include football, gymnastics, exciting craft activities, folk music and field trips to technology and tourism centres. “This year we are putting even more emphasis on the children taking away memorable and exciting experiences so we are going all out to make it the best camp ever”