Nation gives to two charities
THE Nation Publishing Company Limited recently presented cheques to the Families First Foundation and the Barbados Cancer Society in memory of the late Prime Minister David Thompson. CEO and Publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens said that following the death of the late Prime Minister, a decision was taken to make donations to two organizations with which Thompson was closely affiliated.
“The late Prime Minister took the very bold step in 1996 to establish the Families First Foundation, which at the time he described as a pioneering initiative aimed at re-establishing the family unit.
“We at the Nation Publishing are very impressed with the work of the foundation which has seen young people in Barbados benefiting from sporting and community building activities,” Gittens said.
She noted that the Barbados Cancer Society had also been supporting cancer patients and their families for many years.
“Barbados was indeed saddened earlier this year when we heard the news that our late Prime Minister, the Honourable David Thompson, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to which he later succumbed.
“We are very aware of the ravages of cancer among Barbadians and the sterling work of the Barbados Cancer Society as it seeks to assist patients and their families in coping with this dreadful disease.”
President of the Barbados Cancer Society, Dr Timothy Roach, in accepting the cheque, said the donation would go a long way as the organization continued to support cancer patients and their families.
The Barbados Cancer Society has a number of events slated for December, the proceeds of which will go towards medical and treatment costs, expensive life-saving drugs and nursing care.
One such event, entitled A Christmas Carol, comes off December 17 at 7 p.m. at Holders Season On The Gallery.
The evening will also feature a silent auction of treasures, complemented by choirs and carols, readings and poems as well as guest soloists.
A delightful feast of mince pies, roasted chestnuts, conkies and sugar cakes are included in the all-inclusive event.
Coordinator of Families First Foundation, Evette King, said the foundation was committed to the legacy of the late Prime Minister and his vision for all Barbadian families.
“We will continue the work and build on the foundation ably laid by Thompson and we will continue to reach out to our youth and their families through projects and programmes which I am sure will be greatly beneficial to Barbados as a whole,” King said.