Canadian funds for charitiesNATHALIE GITTENS, with little Zaria, and CWC's Vicky Merrick listen to the Burn Scar Fund's Hilary Bethell. (Lennox Devonish)
Fri, May 11, 2012 - 12:05 AM
OVER 15 REGISTERED CHARITIES were presented with cheques totalling $90 000 on Wednesday.
The Canadian Women’s Club held a presentation ceremony at Tapas Restaurant in Hastings to disburse the funds to the charities who work directly with assisting children, the elderly or women.
President of the Community Service Team of the Canadian Women’s Club CWC), Annette Sandiford, said that this year the focus had been on projects that touched the recipients directly.
Sandiford said that there was always more need than funds and in order to complete the challenging task of deciding where the money raised should go therefore a clear process was followed to determine the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries of funding from last year were allowed to share how the funds were used and also to share the plans for the future.
The representative of the Burn Scar Garment and Orthotics Fund For Children, Hilary Bethell, said that over the past ten years the Burn Scar Fund had been able to assist over 87 burn children and 90 children who needed splints and braces.
A recipient of help from the Burn Scar Fund who was present at the presentation was little Zaria Gittens, who was hurt and burnt in a house fire when she was ten months old. Zaria was accompanied by her aunt Nathalie Gittens, who is now her caretaker after her mother perished in the fire.
Bethell said that Zaria was outfitted with a pressure vest that flattens the scars, makes them more cosmetic and reduces the chances of joint contraction.
The Barbados Council for the Disabled was represented by Roseanna Tudor, who spoke of the use of the funds to provide disabled people with fire alarms and smoke detectors.
“They will know that there is a fire by smell or sight, and the light is bright enough to wake up a deaf person who is asleep; they can either see the light or feel the vibrations from the sound,” Tudor said.
Meanwhile, Barbados Professional Women’s Club president Marianne Burnham collected a donation on the behalf of the club’s shelter for women.
Burnham said the club had been supported by the CWC for the past few years and last year’s donation was used to fund individual and group therapy sessions for children and adults who were victims of abuse and violence.
Burnham said that new funds would assist with the children’s counselling programme as well as the women’s empowerment programme, which caters to their progress after they leave the shelter.
A first-time donation was made to the Cancer Support Services. Janette Lynton accepted the donation on behalf of the 17-year-old organization, which assists people living with cancer as well as their families and the children of people who have died from cancer.
Other beneficiaries were the Family Welfare Society, HIV/AIDS Food Bank, Precious Touch Foundation and Pinelands Creative Workshop. (LK)
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