The island’s lone electricity company, Grenlec has once again donated EC$10, 000.00 to the hosting of the Maroon festival on the sister isle of Carriacou.
The festival is regarded as one of the Indigenous cultural practices of the People of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The handing over of the funds took place last Thursday at the Launch of this year’s edition of the Maroon festival.
In keeping with the essence of the festival which is food and music, the company’s local Branch Manager, Wallace Collins presented a tray of various food to Chairperson of the committee, Faithlyn George to represent Grenlec’s $10,000.00 contribution towards the 2017 Maroon experience.
In the presence of Government officials including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Elvin Nimrod, the Grenlec official said that the money presented is a further demonstration of Grenlec stepping forward once again towards ensuring a greater explosion of the rich diverse cultural practices of the sister isles.
Collins noted that Grenlec has always been associated with the staging of the festival dating back to many years ago.
“This festival has also helped to accelerate the local economy which is so badly needed”, he said.
Referring to the festival as a “Premiere Event” on the sister isle, the Local Grenlec Branch Manager reminded the committee of the need to ensure that the young ones are properly meshed into the festival in order to ensure its longevity.
In her remarks, George identified Grenlec as one of the most loyal and dedicated sponsors of Maroon fest.
In praising the electricity company for again coming forward in this challenging financial times, the female chairperson assured that the 2017 festival would surpass those of previous years.
Apart from the many Local and Regional groups committed to take part, this year’s festival will be graced by Jamaican Jah Cure and his band.
The festival was officially declared open by Deputy Prime Minister Nimrod who has been the elected Member of Parliament for the constituency since 1999.