Article in Barbados Today – Up Beat Wholesale donated 100 T-shirts to Variety

Now our volunteers can look smart as we serve the kids!!
Thank you Up Beat Wholesale


This year, the Chefette Fun Run raised $65000 for Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados.  This is an increase of $15000 when compared with the funds raised in 2013.  The proceeds from the Chefette Fun Run are managed by Variety , as requested by the late Dame Olga Lopes-Seale. The funds raised will be used to benefit many needy children on the island.  This will be achieved through the purchase of uniforms, books, school bags and shoes for children whose parents are unable to do so.


June 27th was a day of fun, excitement and giving. That’s when Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados held its annual Row for Charity event.  Teams competed in two kayak races and one stand up paddle board race.  There was also a tug of war competition for children.  The beach adjacent to Harbour Lights, Carlisle Bay, came alive with several excited participants and scores of intrigued spectators.  In the end, the children of Barbados were the ultimate winners.  The event raised money that will be put to good use by Variety.  We thank everyone who helped to make the Row for Charity a great success.  Congratulations to the winning teams: Aesthetic Dental Challengers (who won the Wind Warriors Wonder Race), iMart (who won the Motor Maniacs Madness Race for the 4th consecutive year) and the Peddling Paddlers (who won the Stand-Up Paddle Relay Race).


Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados recently awarded the International  Humanitarian Award to Carlos Fuente of Cigar Family’s Charitable Trust, Dominican Republic.  The award was presented at the Variety International Awards Gala and Dinner which took place on May 25th, 2014 at the Concorde Experience in Barbados.

During the Gala, Senator Kerryann Ifill and Dame Olga Lopes Seale were presented with the prestigious Catherine Sheridan Awards. A number of local 20th anniversary awards were also given to those who have made an important contribution over the past 20 years.

Variety would like to congratulate all of the awardees.  They have all made a laudable contribution to their communities.

Variety Intl AwardAward descriptionNominee
Catherine Sheridan AwardThe Catherine Variety Sheridan Award, established in 1982, is presented to a person in recognition of his or her philanthropic achievements, primarily with underprivileged and disabled children. The specialization of the winner is helping and giving love and support to these needy children and asking nothing in return.1. Dame Olga Lopes Seale
Posthumous (accepted by daughter Susan Pascal)

2. Senator Kerryann Ifill

James Carreras AwardThis Award honors the name of Sir James Carreras MBE, who served Variety International with great distinction as one of its past International Presidents. It is presented annually to a physician who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in the field of pediatrics.Dr. Jose A. Ettedgui, Pediatric Cardiologist
Tent 73 20th Anniversary Special Award – local awards for 20th AnniversaryA local award added for the 20th Anniversary conference in light of this special milestone for Tent 73.1. Marcus Hatch – PricewaterhouseCoopers SRL (accepted by Bernadette Austin – for their yearly service of auditing free of charge)

2. Lady Cheryl Forde – Past President and founding member of Variety Barbados

Corporate AwardThe Variety International Corporate Awards recognize corporations who demonstrate high level commitment and support to Variety’s mission in helping improve the lives of children throughout the world. Corporations honored with this award are selected because of their extraordinary contributions of talent, time, creativity and financial support to our organization.Virgin Atlantic (accepted by Andre Bello, Regional Manager)
Media Award individualThe Variety International Media Awards recognize media corporations for contributions in media to the charitable efforts of Variety Tents across the world. Publicity for Variety’s work on behalf of children is invaluable: it increases awareness of a Variety Tent’s impact on the children in its community as well as helps raise the needed funds enabling a Tent to reach more children in need.
Nominations for the Media Awards are considered from the following four categories: Television, Radio, Print and Advertising.
Kerri Gooding of The Barbados Advocate

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