Acclaimed Saint Lucian high jumper, Levern Spencer, will be giving back to her Babonneau Community, when she treats 40 seniors from the community to a special lunch.
The event, dubbed ‘Levern Treats 40 at 40’ is scheduled for Sunday.
Levern’s local Manager, Gregory Dixon, explained that the theme is linked to the observance of Saint Lucia’s 40th anniversary of independence.
Dixon told St Lucia Times that Levern herself will be celebrating her 20th year of national representation in her sport.
“She thought it would be nice to just give back to her community,” he explained, adding that the government of Saint Lucia will itself be recognising the athlete shortly.
The forty seniors who have been invited will be treated to a three course meal and some entertainment, it was disclosed.
The invitees were selected by groups in the Babonneau community.
“It’s only forty. We wish could have invited every senior person, but we gave the responsibility to persons in the community to identify those they think are most deserving at this point in time and bring them together,” Dixon stated.
He expressed the view that perhaps in the future, more can be done.
“But this time around – forty years of independence, so we are looking at just forty,” Dixon told St Lucia Times.
He disclosed that Levern, who was expected back home Friday for the event as well as the National Sports Awards and other independence activities, will be present with the seniors at the meal.
“She is eagerly looking forward to being home and being part of the celebrations,” Dixon revealed.
He said the treat for the senior citizens was made possible through the support of Levern herself and ‘good corporate partners’ including Flow.
He described Flow as a long standing partner of Levern Spencer.
Dixon said the Babonneau Constituency Council and the office of the Parliamentary Representative have also contributed to the event.
“Not everybody is contributing financially, but we are all coming together to play our part. We have the group Focus – a group from the First Baptist Church of which Levern is a member, they are very much on board supporting in various ways also.”
Dixon said the meals are being prepared at a discounted cost by a well-known caterer ‘David’, who operates a business in the Morne area but hails from Babonneau.