An entrepreneurial partnership known for focusing on social and environmental responsibilityhas been welcomed to the Grand Bahama community as “part of the family” thanks to itsinterest in and support for the cause of children in need.
The Grand Bahama Children’s Home (GBCH), which cares for neglected and abandoned childrenon the island, held a fundraiser over the weekend, its first in four years. The event was deemeda huge success, in no small part thanks to a significant donation by Weller DevelopmentPartners, one of the investors behind the recently announced and highly-anticipated SixSeasons luxury resort development.
GBCH Executive Director, June Hutcheson, said: “We are so grateful to have WellerDevelopment for joining us at the fundraising dinner. They came and shared in the evening andgenerously made a donation of $20,000. We were truly touched and so honored.”
She explained that the Home was totally destroyed by Hurricane Dorian and had to be rebuiltfrom the ground up. Yet because there was so much need and suffering across Grand Bahamain the wake of the devasting storm, which only became worse because of the economic falloutfrom the Covid-19 pandemic, the GBCH didn’t think it appropriate to hold any fundraisingevents for the last several years. Weller’s generous donation was therefore most welcome, shesaid.
Hutcheson noted that the partners did more than just contribute financially. “They also camethe following day to visit the Home and the children to learn more about our needs, in an effortto support where possible. They are our new partners and part of the family of GBCH. Wesincerely thank each of the partners for their kindness and generosity.”
Weller is known for prioritizing the social impact of its developments around the world, as wellas a commitment to environmentally sustainable construction. President and Founding PartnerMarc Weller said he was deeply touched by the amazing job being done every day by the staffand administrators of the GBCH, calling the home an example of the kind of community partnerWeller seeks to connect with when developing a new project.
“Community enhancement has always been a cornerstone of our work,” he said. “We believethat the success and profitability of our projects goes hand-in-hand with community growthand social progress. We have never seen ourselves as outside investors, but instead as newmembers of the Grand Bahama community and close partners of its wonderful and welcomingpeople. That’s why it was so gratifying and encouraging to be welcomed with open arms by theChildren’s Home.
“I was just amazed by the incredible job they are doing and the total commitment of the staff tothe wellbeing of vulnerable children in need. Meeting the children and witnessing firsthandhow important the work of the Home is, really touched me as a father and as a professionalthat sees the potential for social good in the work that we do.”
Weller said he hopes to work closely with the GBCH and other social institutions of its kind inthe future.
The Six Senses Luxury Resort, slated for opening in 2026, is expected to attract GrandBahamians back to island, creating hundreds of permanent jobs as well as hundreds of jobs inthe construction phase. Weller and its investment partners are prioritizing hiring fromcommunities directly surrounding the Discovery Bay property just east of Freeport, and areworking with local partner the Blue Action Lab on training skills enhancement programs forworkers. Grand Bahama’s ability to attract Six Senses, named the world’s #1 luxury resort byCondé Nast Traveler, represents a huge boost for island’s tourism brand and is expected toattract further major development and investment on the island.