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Row For Charity raises $40 000

ABOUT $40 000 was raised in the 18th annual Row For Charity competition yesterday at Harbour Lights, Bay Street, St Michael.

The competition, organised by Variety, The Children’s Charity, attracted 30 teams, all sponsored by businesses.The iMart Pharmacy team emerged champions.

President Jacqui McDermott said she was thankful for the usual support as the proceeds would be going to assist underprivileged and needy children.

Great fun

“To us, it’s a great fun event. It has to be a win for everybody and we find that bringing people together in a friendly competitive spirit always works. We get corporate Barbados involved, we get groups of friends involved; it’s just a really fun way to do something for others but enjoy yourself at the same time,” McDermott said.

Organiser and founder of the event, Gotzone Foster, said they added swimming this year, which was well received, and they would be looking to develop it further in the coming years.

“It continues to be the Row For Charity but today we introduced for the first time swimming. We began at 8 a.m. We had swim teams doing tag teams through Carlisle Bay. It was really beautiful because there were a lot of children involved so it was children helping children.” (DB)

Via [nationnews.com]


Car Enthusiasts Donate to Charity

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Barbados received some timely support from the Barbados Classic Car Enthusiasts (BCCE) Friday to help them celebrate the special needs children.

Secretary treasurer of BCCE, George Ullyett, presented a $3 000 cheque to executive director for Variety – The Children’s Charity, Donnah Russell, at Courtesy Garage. Ullyett said it was through the sponsorship of Courtesy Garage and Sagicor that the group was able to make enough to offer the donation
to the charity.

Russell said the charity saw it as a partnership and more than a cheque. “This is not just a cheque presentation because the Barbados Classic Car Enthusiasts work with us to give children experiences as well, and without them these children would not be able to experience the classic cars and that environment. They make a whole outing of it and we bring the children, they feed them, the children get to see the cars and have that social interaction that they would not normally have. “We are really happy and we now see them as partners as they don’t only give us money, they give us support – and that is the kind of partnership that we like.”

Russell said that the money will go towards rewarding the special needs children who sat the Barbados
Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination, familiarly known as the Common Entrance Examination or 11-plus.


BCCE supporting Variety – The Children’s Charity

THE Children’s Charity of Barbados, received some timely support from the Barbados Classic Car Enthusiasts (BCCE) yesterday to help them celebrate the Special Needs Children. Secretary Treasurer of BCCE George Ullyett presented a $3000 cheque to Executive Director for Variety the Children’s Charity, Donnah Russell at Courtesy Garage.

Ullyett mentioned that it was through the sponsorship of Courtesy Garage and Sagicor that they were able to make enough to offer the donation to the charity.

Russell said that they see it as a partnership and more than a cheque. “This is not just a cheque presentation because the Barbados Classic Car Enthusiasts work with us to give children experiences as well and without them these children would not be able to experience the classic cars and that environment. They make a whole outing of it and we bring the children, they feed them, the children get to see the cars and have that social interaction that they would not normally have.”

“We are really happy and we see now them as partners as they don’t only give us money they give us support and that is the kind of partnership that we like.” Russell mentioned that the money will go towards awarding the special needs children who sat the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination, familiarly known as the Common Entrance Examination or 11 plus.

“They are some special needs children that we want to recognise. Children that have done the 11 plus against all odds and we want to recognise them…. these children that are challenged it is a big deal for them even to set the ‘11plus’ so we want to reward them and encourage them.”

Via [barbadosadvocate.com]


Crowdfunding: Contribute to Rasonte’s life-saving equipment

Rasonté was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease just past her first birthday. Before her first appointment at the Sickle Cell Clinic, she fell sick and eventually had to have bilateral below knee amputation and later, bilateral below elbow amputation.

In 2005, after a fundraiser, she was fitted with new below knee prosthesis and her first myoelectric below elbow prosthesis at a clinic in Houston, Texas, USA. Like most children, Rasonté has her growth spurts. This means that prosthetics bought and fitted have to be changed every two years or so. This is very expensive as just one prosthetic can cost over US$10,000.


BEACON SHINES LIGHT AT CHRISTMAS FOR VARIETY KIDS

Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados and Beacon Insurance, have come together to bring cheer to 250 children this Christmas.

Donnah Russell, Executive Director of Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados, noted that the charity’s annual Christmas party was hosted by Beacon Insurance this year. She thanked Beacon for their generous support at a time when it was most needed and welcomed them on board the Variety family.

The party is a part of Variety’s Future Kids programming which seeks to give children the gift of social experiences and play. For many of them watching the feature film “Peanuts” compliments Olympus Theatres, it was the first time at the movies.

During the movie the children were treated to popcorn drinks and snacks, including the Christmas traditional ham cutter. The day’s activities also included Disco dancing, and a visit from Santa, who handed out treats. As the children left the cinema they were presented with a loot bag compliments Beacon Insurance.

Beacon General Manager, Mr. Brian Hennis, expressed his company’s policy on giving back and said “Beacon was pleased to partner with Variety the Children’s Charity in bringing joy to children during the Christmas season. Variety works tirelessly to ensure that children can enjoy the essence of the holiday season and we are happy to assist, as part of our “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” corporate social responsibility programme.”

Each child at the party also received a gift sponsored by Beacon and a toy donated by the Robinson Smiles Foundation of Washington, USA.


Thanks! Row for Charity a Success.

Variety the Children’s Charity would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all participants, sponsors, volunteers and all others who donated towards the cause in the 15th Annual Row for Charity Event. We also want to extend a special thanks to all those who took part in our first ever Fun Fitness Challenge which was organized by Cary Holder of Cut Rock Bodies.

With your help we have managed to raise just over $25,000.00 which will be going towards our Sunshine Coach Programme. These coaches are specially equipped to carry wheel chairs and are used to take children with physical and mental challenges to school, therapy and other important appointments.

Special congrats to our first place winners A.D. Challengers winners of the Wind Warriors Race and Monster Energy (sponsored by Bryden Stokes) who, after 4 dry years have won both the Motor Maniacs Madness Race and the first ever Fun Fitness Challenge. Careful though iMart has sworn to win it back!

Here are the final positions

PositionWind Warriors Wonder RaceMotor Maniacs Madness RaceFun Fitness Challenge
1stA.D. ChallengersMonster EnergyMonster Energy
2ndCGI CruisersiMartLimitless Performance
3rdAre we there yet?A.D. WarriorsAesthetic Dental 1
4thSOLitairesOcean 2 HotelGreen Machines
5thWater Polo JuniorsHarbour Lights Jager BombsPaddling Peddlers
6thRBC Royal BankPaddling PeddlersSurfer Boys
7thCDB MarinersWater Polo SeniorsHarbour Lights Ladies
8thKPMGMassy DistributionAesthetic Dental 2
9thHipac-Farmer’s ChoiceJada Group
10thWest Coast VillasA.D. Super Performers
11thBHL BlazersAquaknotz
12thDiamonds InternationalFam n Frens
13th#VirginsThe Codrington School
14thWine WorldCooper Kauffman
 15thStansfeld Scott

 

 

This year we had a photo platform for team pics and selfies. It is clear from the photos that this was a big hit. Click here to see (or order) team photos and photos of the event.

Next year we hope to have an even bigger and better event. On behalf of the children we serve thank you again and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Pics for the page:

PositionWind Warriors Wonder RaceMotor Maniacs Madness RaceFun Fitness Challenge
1stA.D. ChallengersMonster EnergyMonster Energy
Pg 1, #14Pg 15, #10Pg 15, #17

ROW FOR CHARITY 2015

Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados presents the 15th Annual Row for Charity Event on Sunday, June 28th, at Harbour Lights from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

This year, we will have a Fun Fitness Challenge to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the event, along with the usual Motor Maniacs and Wind Warriors kayak relay races!!! (MORE INFO ON THE FITNESS CHALLENGE TO COME SOON)

Participation in these races is on a “first come, first served” basis as entries are limited. Teams for the kayak races must consist of 12 members, 2 of which MUST be female and teams for the Fun Fitness Challenge must consist of 4 persons, 1 of which MUST be female (children can also take part in the challenge)!
The packages available are as follows:

Corporate/Social/Service Groups:

·$1000 – 1 Row Team (12 persons) plus food and drink tickets valued at $500
·$1050 – 1 Row Team (12 persons) & 1 Fitness Challenge Team (4 persons) plus food and drink tickets valued at $500

Friends/Family Teams:

·$600 – 1 Row Team only ($50 per person)
·$100 – 1 Fitness Challenge Team Only ($25 per person)
·$650 – 1 Row Team (12 persons) & 1 Fitness Challenge Team (4 persons)

Team confirmation deadline:  Friday, June 19th
Space is limited so please confirm your package as soon as possible. Simply complete the Row Confirmation, indicating your preferred package and scan and email to: cherise[at]varietybarbados[dot]org. We also need each team member to fill their contact information and sign the Row Team Waiver.

It’s a Family Fun Day so we encourage you to bring the whole family out to enjoy the event. We also encourage you to support the food and drink bars as these further assist us in raising the funds we need to help the children we serve.
Thank you in advance for your support!!!


WIBISCO WINS IT FOR VARIETY CHILDREN

Christmas is a time of joy and cheer. Not for everyone. Some parents are more and more anxious as the day draws near because as others prepare their ham and turkey and jug-jug, they are still wondering where the next meal will come from.

Each year Variety raises funds to provide the children we serve and their families with vouchers to buy food at Christmas. Each year the need grows.

This year, WIBISCO has agreed to donate part proceeds from their “Win It Now” Christmas promotion to the cause, guaranteeing that 100 families will have a brighter Christmas this year. WIBISCO will donate ten cents from every promotional cracker multipack sold between Monday 17th November 2014 and Wednesday 31st December 2014. Variety asks for the public’s support of the “Win It Now” promotion which is, by extension, the support of the children of Barbados who need our help.

Donnah Russell, Executive Director of Variety the Children’s Charity said that she was delighted with the decision by WIBISCO and that it would bring “hope for the Christmas season” to many children and their families.

About Variety

Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean is dedicated to assisting children in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged. The charity was founded in 1994 and is tent #73 of the 80 year-old Variety International. The first major project in Barbados was the equipping of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at a cost of $1,000,000. The Unit is now equipped to handle emergency admissions for young patients requiring various levels of life support and care for immediate post-operative open heart surgical patients, orthopaedic and neurological patients from Barbados and other Caribbean countries. For further information or to make a donation please contact Variety’s Executive Director Ms. Donnah Russell at 428-9258 or 266-9258.


VARIETY WORKS WITH THERAPIST TO HELP COMFORT JUSTINA

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Children in Barbados who face mobility and other physical challenges are provided with therapy by the A C Graeme Development Centre, a government funded institution. On a monthly basis, Variety Tent 73 supplements this care by paying salaries for one or more physiotherapists to work with these special children.

One such therapist is Melissa Walcott-Pusey, whose services on the island we could not possibly adequately compensate. Justina, a ten year old girl diagnosed with Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, is one of Melissa’s patients.

In January 2013, as a result of Melissa’s caring and thorough services, Variety provided Justina with a hospital bed and air mattress so that she could adjust her head and feet and her mother could easily change her position to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers and acid reflux. The bed’s height from the ground can adjust, making it easier for Mum to provide for Justina’s toileting needs and daily passive range of movements to her limbs without injuring her back.

Justina will never be able to independently care for herself and therefore it is imperative that her mother remains as healthy as possible in order to facilitate long term care for her.

In 2013, Tent 73 also provided Melissa and another therapist with training to ensure that they stay relevant in their fields of work. During the year Justina is transported by Sunshine Coach to our Summer Movie Mornings and to our Gold Heart and Christmas parties, ensuring that she is provided not only her physical needs but also with social events she can enjoy.


SENATOR KERRY-ANN F. IFILL

Senator Kerry-Ann F. Ifill was born December 20th 1973. She lost her sight at the tender age of four but this only served to boost her drive and ambition. Kerry-Ann started school for the blind at age 6 but went on to join the mainstream schools from eleven years old. She was the first blind student to attend the prestigious Combermere School, overcoming many physical challenges while she was there.

Kerry-Ann was the first blind person to graduate from the University of the West Indies, earning herself a degree in Sociology and Psychology with Second Class Honours. She went on to obtain an MBA at Durham Business School, in England.

In 2008, Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson appointed her to the Senate, then to the position of Deputy President of the Senate. On 14 March 2012, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced her appointment as President of the Senate. There she continued her trend at being first, as she was the first woman to hold that position, the first person with a disability, as well as the youngest ever, at the age of 38 to hold that position.

Of her appointment to the Senate, and the effect on the community of persons with disabilities, Senator Kerry-Ann says, “I think my appointment has opened up a whole new line of thinking that life is not as insurmountable as it may seem; that strides can be made and people should feel inspired to press on with their goals”.

While still in her role as Deputy President, Senator Kerry-Ann Ifill was asked to fill in for the then President and address the joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament on the official visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex to Barbados. So flawlessly presented was this address, that it was the talk of the town, making the hearts of all Barbadians proud.

One editorial noted that Senator Ifill, “…is a young black woman whose remarkable accomplishments to date have been achieved despite the challenge of being blind. She is clearly a person of sharp intelligence and must be a clear role model for all those people who are disabled or challenged by disabilities of one sort or other.”

Senator Ifill is also President of the Barbados Council for the Disabled using that office along with her determination and dedication to excellence, to promote issues such as the Ratification of the Convention of the Rights for Persons with Disabilities; employment opportunities for the disabled; and fully accessible public spaces for persons with mobility challenges.

Along with her political role, Senator Kerry-Ann also wears the hat of Sunday School Superintendent at the Church of the Resurrection where her love of children manifests itself in her love of teaching them about God. She herself was a regular Sunday School student at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Bridgetown and even after she lost her sight, continued performing admirably at Sunday School plays and recitals.

Senator Kerry-Ann Ifill maintains a pragmatic approach to life with a disability stating, “I look at life this way – you do what you are supposed to do and you do it the best way you can. If you happen to be blind, well, just find a way to do it. With being blind, I do not waste time complaining over my being blind… Blindness is a part of me.” She further offers advice to young people who find themselves in similar positions of trying to achieve their dreams while overcoming the obstacle of disability, “It is perfectly natural to grieve. If you lose something or a loved one you grieve, that is the first step, but don’t wallow in grief. Look at the things you still can do. Just because you lost a limb, for instance, it doesn’t mean you can’t feed yourself anymore. It may be painful at first, [but] you can go back to driving if you have to. It is easier for people to help you, if they know you can help yourself. If you become so dependent, you are going to be unpleasant to be around.”

Variety Tent 73 is honored to hold her up as a role model for children with disabilities and to present her for the Presidential Citation Award 2014 at the Variety International World Conference held in Barbados in 2014.

Source: http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/newsitem.asp?more=lifestyle&NewsID=23651 http://www.itcilo.org/en/community/news/senator-kerry-ann-f.-ifill-first-female-president-of-the-senate-of-barbados-is-a-former-turin-centre-participant/?set_language=en


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