Women’s club gives to charity
MORE THAN $130 000 was distributed to 18 groups when the Canadian Women’s Club held its disbursement ceremony for 2013 yesterday.
Co-chair of the community services committee, Lynn Lorrimer, said special emphasis was placed on the Burn Scar Garments and Orthotics Fund, the Family Welfare Society and the Child Care Board’s Nightengale Home Project.
“We find that the Pinelands Creative Workshop reach and help so many, so it is that kind of thing we aim to do; where we can get the biggest bang for the buck,” she said.
At the ceremony held at the Canadian High Commission a number of the recipients shared how they will be using the funds.
Deputy director of the Child Care Board, Denise Nurse, said that the funds would be used to continue the board’s counselling programme.
Representative of the Burnscar Garment and Orthotic Fund, Hilary Bethell, said that so far this year the fund had helped to outfit 11 children with burnscar garments as well as orthotic limbs and braces.
Director of the Caribbean Dyslexia Association, Yvonne Spencer, said the yearly donations went towards helping children to read, write and spell, as well as to finance a scholarship for a needy child and to provide costly special education resources.
Information technology teacher of the Learning Centre, Daniel Coultrust, said the money would fund the school’s yoga programme, which has helped to reduce behavioural problems such as hyperactivity, hotheadedness and lack of attention in class.
The funds were obtained through a fund-raising golf tournament, as well as through the club’s Food Festival & Charity Auction. Other beneficiaries include the Irving Wilson School, the Barbados Council for the Disabled and the HIV/AIDS Food Bank. (LK)