The Let’s Help Each shop limes will be more than a bar where people come out to lime but it has a charitable cause associated with it.
Chairman of the shop lime and owner of Beckles bar in Guinea Land St. John, Jennifer Barker, said that this is a relatively new initiative with the bars in Barbados and she noted that none of them sought to give back to the public.
“We are looking out for our sponsors, the proprietors and our patrons. The reason why we have decided to do a fund is because there are a lot of persons out there who are in need and when we think of disaster, we think of fires, floods and hurricanes but no one ever thinks of sickness so we have set up a fund [for this purpose] within our limes,” she said.
The limes, which will run from the May 24 until October 25, will climax with an expo for the sponsors on the following Saturday. The proceeds from the first fun lime will go towards the fund dedicated to those in need.
Barker stated that each proprietor involved in the LHEO shop lime and bar association would be obligated to contribute some of their proceedings to the fund on the night of their lime. In addition, those involved will have charity boxes located at each bar so that the general public could contribute to those in need.
In terms of the management of the fund, the Chairperson said that two prominent persons from the community along with representatives from the different limes will be available to assist. The fun limes which are primarily located in St. John will be spread to different locations gradually, Barker said.
Vice President of the LHEO association and owner of K and R variety located in Carlton Land, St. John, Robbie Johnson said that the initiative for the bar owners to assist those in need is a good idea and that he is looking forward to a good outcome because of the hard work put in and the people involved in the process through their own limes. (MR)