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Hadco renews Phase II sponsorship
The Hadco Group has renewed its sponsorship of the Phase 11 Groove Steel Orchestra.
In making the announcement, John Hadad, Hadco’s CEO, said: “Almost three years ago we committed to this partnership and we will continue to do so especially in these very hard times. These are trying times for all of us but in spite of that we think, that collaboration is more important than ever. We affirm that Hadco will continue to sponsor Phase 11.”
Speaking at a function to mark the official rebranding of Hadco Phase 11 Pan Groove at Hadco’s office in San Juan, Hadad said over the last 26 years, the company has been involved in a number of corporate social responsibility projects, including a Women Breast Cancer Awareness Programme. The company also works with schools and supports different aspects of local culture.
“The collaboration between Hadco and Phase 11 is a significant part of that. Phase 11 and pan represent a large part of what is very important and what is endemic to T&T. The panyard itself represents something that is very important. It provides an important avenue for the expression of people’s feelings,” Hadad said
Keron Valentine, manager of the band, said there are many projects ahead for the steelband and its sponsors
“Hadco Phase 11 Pan Groove, in the next four years, will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the band was established in 1972. When we look back and review Phase 11 through the years, Mr Boogsie Sharpe always had the vision of preserving his legacy and Phase 11 which is affectionately known as the ‘Village.’”
Valentine said that the panyard at Woodbrook is being renovated
“We are about to create a village-like atmosphere, a musical village at Phase 11’s Hamilton Street home. We are in the process of upgrading the panyard space which is a shed which thirty something years old. Although we have a corporate sponsor in Hadco, we want to create a profit centre and an entertainment hub. That is another initiative,” he said.
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