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Shot in the arm for charities

Yvette Best

Shot in the arm for charities

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Fifteen charities have shared in $128 163 raised by the Barbadian-based Canadian Women’s Club. The charities focus on the needs of women and children.
A machine to check the hearing of newborns at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, further assistance for blind students, and support for the Burn Scar Fund are among the things to which the charities will be channelling money.
Representatives of the various associations received their cheques during a breakfast meeting at Il Tempio Restaurant in Fitts Village, St James, yesterday.
The women’s club raises the money from three main events every year: a Canada Day Golf Tournament, a craft festival, and a food festival. Donations also come from corporate sponsors.
Outgoing president Jacqui Kovacs-Cuke noted there were a number of organizations requiring funding, with needs always exceeding the available funds.
She said that meant the club had to exercise care when determining where the funds should be allocated.
Would-be beneficiaries are required to fill out an application form giving details about their respective charities.
The charities benefiting from the 2010-2011 disbursement were the Burn Scar Garment And Orthotics Fund For Children, Barbados Council For The Disabled, the Business And Professional Women’s Shelter For Abused Women, Camp Aquarius, the Child Care Board, Family Welfare Society, First Base, Friends Of Geriatric Hospital, Gift Foundation, HIV/AIDS Food Bank, Irving Wilson School, Jeremy Troulan, Pinelands Creative Workshop – CALM Project, Precious Touch Foundation, QEH Paediatric Unit and St Vincent de Paul Society.
 Here Canadian High Commissioner Ruth Archibald (centre) discussing upcoming activities with outgoing Canadian Women’s Club president Jacqui Kovacs-Cuke (left) and chairperson of the community service committee, Annette Sandiford.