Sarah and Mark Merriman’s Story
We travelled to Sandals Grande Antigua in August 2021. We have been travelling to Sandals and Beaches Resorts all over the Caribbean for the last 25 years. We have often Packed for a Purpose wherever we have travelled, but this year, we had an extra luggage allowance that we don’t need for ourselves, so we packed around 70 kg of school supplies, sports equipment, books for the libraries, and clothes and toys. We knew how difficult times had been during COVID for the people living on the island, as tourism, which many people rely on for their living, had been decimated. When we arrived at Sandals Antigua, Leon, the PR manager, and another staff member came and took the supplies. The presentation to the children was made whilst we were still on resort, and Leon invited me to attend. I gave a speech to the students and teachers and explained why we Pack for a Purpose: We like to give something back to the community in the countries we visit. I also helped to hand out the supplies to the children. I would encourage everyone to Pack for a Purpose, and I encourage others in the UK through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to support this initiative.