More than 600 guests were treated to an evening of great Bajan fellowship, good food and fabulous Bajan entertainment during the 10th Annual Barbados Ball.
Held earlier this month at the Pearson Convention Centre, in Ontaria, the Black Tie Affair celebrated Barbados during the rum punch reception, the four course dinner and into the live entertainment performed by Arturo Tappin, Biggie Irie and Betty Griffith Payne.
The theme of the event was Where Nature Takes Our Breath Away.
President Barbados Ball Canada Aid, Steve Kirton, noted in the programme for the event that past 12 months were both exciting and challenging.
“The Ball, our main fund-raising event, achieved unprecedented attendance in 2012 and we are very optimistic about its future prospects and the continued success of our fund-raising efforts.
“Also, in august last year we received the Minister’s leadership and achievement award at the diaspora Conference in Barbados. This award is presented by the Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to the diaspora organisation that demonstrates notable achievements over a sustained period, which contributes to the economy or society of Barbados. The award validates the work we do and we are proud to be recognised for our contributions to Barbados,” he wrote.
Proceeds from the event were in aid of the BBCA John Rollock Memorial Scholarships, the Caribbean-Sick Kids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Project as well as to support other health care projects at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The BBCA has donated dialysis equipment valued at CAN$47,000 to the QEH and CAN$20,000 to Caribbean-Sick Kids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Project at the QEH, awarded CAN$65,000 to provide for undergraduate scholarships to youth of Barbadian Heritage to attend Canadian colleges and universities; established an endowment fund at York University to finance the Canada-Barbados Friendship Scholarship. The fund has CAN$175 000 to support post graduate scholarships and has awarded scholarships values at CAN$15,000 and donated CAN$20 000 to three organisations that provide service to HIV/AIDS victims in Barbados and Canada.