Popcaan’s annual ‘Off-to-School Treat and Fun Day’ is set to make a comeback after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This will see children in St.Thomas receiving assistance in school supplies for the upcoming school term.
The event, through the Popcaan Care Foundation, will be hosted at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the activities will include a variety of rides, as well as allocating bags, books and other stationery supplies to the children to offset costs for parents.
Entities such as Clarks Original, Unruly Entertainment, OVO, Bashco and SMA Talent have joined in the efforts and will be sponsoring Popcaan’s charitable event.
A representative from the Foundation declared that the St. Thomas native is a lover of his parishioners and not being able to host the event in the last two years, one that has assisted numerous children in the past has not been an easy task. The rep added that Popcaan is optimistic about the prospects of this year and looks forward to putting a smile on the faces of the children, with the aim is to assist parents/guardians in these difficult times.
“We are hoping to cater to as many children as possible. We know times have been hard with the pandemic and parents have been finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. We just want to help make their task a little bit less daunting and ease some of the back-to-school pressure,” the representative was quoted to have said by the Jamaica Observer.
In 2019, Popcaan’s back-to-school treat was considered to be a huge success. As promised, the first 500 kids got a bag of back-to-school treats and supplies. There were also train rides, face painting, raffles, clowns and a free concert that featured performances from entertainers such as Quada, Jafrass, and fellow St. Thomas native, Chronic Law.