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Variety – Committed to Children of Barbados & the Wider Caribbean

BARBADOS (June 15, 2020) – Variety has made an indelible impact on thousands of lives over the past 25 years. As the Charity enters this new decade, it does so with renewed commitment to the children of Barbados and the wider Caribbean.

Our mission has always been to deliver equality and a future without limits to children who are disadvantaged. As we continue in this mission we announce new changes at the Charity. We are proud to have Cherise Weekes, former Office Administrator with the Charity for over seven years, step into the role of Operations Manager. Cherise has been a pillar of support for the charity for many years and has been intimately involved in many of the organisation’s key projects and fund raising initiatives. Cherise steps into her new role in August.

“It should come as no surprise that the Covid-19 pandemic’s devastating economic effects, have affected all charities. Variety has been no exception. We have used the last couple of months to work assiduously to restructure the charity with the aim of sustainability and prioritising our clients and beneficiaries,” said Chief Barker (President), Toni Thorne.

“Our trustees and Crew (Board of Directors) have recommitted to exciting projects such as the Sunshine Coach, The Homework Programme in children’s homes, Movie Mornings and our Physiotherapy programme, to name a few. We are equally excited to produce our staple fundraisers such as Gold Hearts, Row for Charity, Bags of Style, Pack-a-Pantry and others,” she added.

The Charity bids farewell to former Executive Director, Donnah Russell. Donnah was with the Charity for over 10 years. She was fiercely committed to making a difference in the lives of children who were sick, disadvantaged or had mental or physical challenges. We thank Donnah for her stewardship and years of support.

“As we move into this decade, we are ecstatic about our fruitful list of new projects, fundraisers and schedule of events. Our new management committees are structured in such a way, as to ensure continued and further transparency, integrity and democracy in our leadership and execution,” noted President Thorne.

Variety thanks everyone who has been affiliated with the Charity for over the past two and a half decades. We look forward to evolution as the nation’s children’s charity of choice for decades to come.


Get a Gold Heart Pin for just $5 from Variety

Help us raise funds to enrich the lives of children with special needs. Proceeds from Variety’s 30th Gold Heart Campaign will benefit programmes that provide life-saving, life-changing, and life-enriching equipment and services to disadvantaged children.

As a bonus, you could also win a trip for two to St. Lucia or one of the staycation prizes at Seabreeze Beach House and Sugar Bay Barbados.

You can get a Gold Heart Pin for just $5 from representatives of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Barbados.

Online Donations

ONLINE DONATIONS (CREDIT/DEBIT CARD AND PAYPAL)

Note: please email proof of payment to cherise@varietybarbados.org

Donate by Direct Debit

Donations can be: monthly, annually, gifts, bequeaths. New donations from individuals up to 10% of assessable income are deductable for tax purposes.

You can make your donation by Direct Debit. To do this you need to download and submit the Permission Slip. Download the Permission Slip (Direct Debit Authorisation.pdf)

To fast track your Direct Debit donation you may use our online form to submit the critical information for us to proceed with the transaction while you get the printed form to us.

Wire Transfer

Bank: CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Barbados) Limited

Branch: Wildey, Barbados

Account #: 3671376

Account Type: Savings

SWIFT Code: FCIBBBBB

Over-the-Counter Donation

Bank: CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank

Account number: 3671376

Name: Variety – The Children’s Charity of Barbados Inc.

Donate by Cheque

Please make cheques payable to Variety – the Children’s Charity

Download the donation form (Donation form.doc).

Send donations to:

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Barbados
P.O. Box 47W, Worthing, Christ Church, Barbados, W.I.

Donate in the name of a friend

Make a special donation to Variety in the name of a friend, child or family member

Call variety today for more details.

Tel:–(246)-266-9258


Get a Mary Poppings Returns Gold Heart Pin!

Help us raise funds to enrich the lives of children with special needs. Proceeds from Variety’s 29th Gold Hearts campaign will go towards the Freedom for Kids programme in Barbados, which supports the Sunshine Coach, wheel chairs and other mobility devices for children. Plus, as a bonus, you could also win a staycation at Mango Bay or Seabreeze Beach House.

You can get a Gold Heart Pin for just $5 from representatives of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Barbados.

GET A MARY POPPINS RETURNS GOLD HEART PIN! from Variety Barbados on Vimeo.


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

Position Wind Warriors Wonder Race Motor Maniacs Madness Race Fun Fitness Challenge
1st A.D. Challengers Monster Energy Monster Energy
2nd CGI Cruisers iMart Limitless Performance
3rd Are we there yet? A.D. Warriors Aesthetic Dental 1
4th SOLitaires Ocean 2 Hotel Green Machines
5th Water Polo Juniors Harbour Lights Jager Bombs Paddling Peddlers
6th RBC Royal Bank Paddling Peddlers Surfer Boys
7th CDB Mariners Water Polo Seniors Harbour Lights Ladies
8th KPMG Massy Distribution Aesthetic Dental 2
9th Hipac-Farmer’s Choice Jada Group
10th West Coast Villas A.D. Super Performers
11th BHL Blazers Aquaknotz
12th Diamonds International Fam n Frens
13th #Virgins The Codrington School
14th Wine World Cooper Kauffman
 15th Stansfeld 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:

Position Wind Warriors Wonder Race Motor Maniacs Madness Race Fun Fitness Challenge
1st A.D. Challengers Monster Energy Monster Energy
Pg 1, #14 Pg 15, #10 Pg 15, #17

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