Couple asking for donations for Jamaican school instead of wedding gifts

(CBC Canada)-A Nova Scotia couple planning a destination wedding is forgoing wedding gifts and asking guests to bring donations of books, colouring supplies and candy for students at a small school in Jamaica.

Shayla Loppie and Nathan Simon said they want to give back to a country they love—they’ve visited Jamaica three times already—and to teach their five-year-old son how blessed they are to live in Canada.  

“We have good healthcare, free education and our kids can play sports. There is just so many things we are blessed with,” says Loppie, who lives in Dartmouth.

They brought up the idea with Sharon Loppie, Shayla’s mother, who helped them to find a school, which wasn’t easy. 

“It was time-consuming,” Sharon said. 

She contacted the travel company planning the trip’s excursions, Real Tours Jamaica. The office then contacted Jamaica’s ministry of education which suggested Prickley Pole Primary School on Jamaica’s north coast. Sharon then got in touch with the school’s principal to learn about how to help. She learned that the school is in need of stationery, toiletries and eating utensils, so the Canadian couple decided to raise money via Go Fund Me.

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