It has been a labour of love!
That’s how organiser of this year’s Chefette Fun Run, Dawn Lisa Callendar-Smith, described the effort made to raise $50,000 for the 200 plus needy children who will benefit from the contributions of corporate sponsors of the event.
Smith thanked all of the sponsors who supported this year’s event and noted that the Convent School sold more than 700 T-shirts, while St. Winifred’s School sold more than 600 T-shirts.
She further disclosed that the West Terrace Primary School won the Spirit Award of Fun Walk for its energetic support of the event with the waving of flags and banners.
She also commended the St. Stephen’s Primary School, Coleridge and Parry and Ellerslie Secondary schools for their assistance in cleaning up the route following the event.
Executive Director of Variety Club, Donnah Russell, explained that the Fun Run gave an opportunity to the less fortunate students to succeed, noting that while Government has provided school meals at the primary school level, many students at the secondary level faced challenges for lunch.
She further noted that while there was a high level of voluntarism in the private primary school system, that commitment was lacking in the public school system, and as a result made a call for more schools to come on board.
Stanfeld Scott and Co., Ltd was commended for its support of the drive over the past ten years and added its voice to the call for more schools to be involved in the effort to assist the less fortunate children in the school system.
Meanwhile, managing director of Chefette Restaurants, Ryan Haloute, told the gathering that his company’s support for the drive was about carrying on Auntie Olga’s (Dame Olga Lopes-Seale) legacy.
He maintained that the fun walk taught children in the school system to assist their less fortunate colleagues, welcomed Chickmont Foods Ltd as a sponsor and thanked Sol for its generous support.
Haloute argued that in lending support to Fun Walk, Barbadians may be assisting a future chief executive officer or a top medical professional.