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Sandals Resorts' Foundation Making Positive Impact in Caribbean

Hotel & Resort | Sandals Resorts | Patrick Clarke | August 05, 2016

Sandals Resorts' Foundation Making Positive Impact in Caribbean

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Sandals Resorts International's Sandals Foundation is working to influence positive change in Caribbean locations where the all-inclusive resort chain operates.

This week the foundation provided an update on recent initiatives taking place, including dental and sports programs.

From July 25 through Aug. 9, 2016, Sandals Foundation has teamed up with Great Shape Inc. to bring back the 1,000 Smiles Dental Program. During this period, dozens of volunteer dental practitioners from North America and elsewhere have traveled to Saint Lucia to open up free dental clinics to the public. 

Available clinics include the Marchand Combined School and in the communities of Anse La Raye and Canaries. 

This year's program comes on the heels of a successful 2015 program that impacted as many as 500 people on the island.

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"It is because of the Sandals Foundation sponsorship and partnership that makes this all possible," Great Shape Inc. director Salli-Jo Walker said in a statement. "We are honored to be here to work with the people who need these services and would otherwise not be able to access them."

"With the Sandals Foundation behind us providing this kind of support, it makes it so easy for our volunteers to come and provide their skills to the people in need," Walker concluded.

In addition to the 1,000 Smiles Program, the Sandals Foundation recently joined forces with NBA star Dwyane Wade's Wade's World Foundation to open new basketball courts in Limes, Grenada and Castries, Saint Lucia, that will benefit up to 150 children ranging in age from 8-13.

Those efforts, as well as a plethora of others, including equipment donations, motivational seminars, camps and coaching sessions, are part the Foundation's Game Changer Program.

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