by Carol Williams
After a one year break, the Kiwanis Silver Dollars for Children project is gaining momentum.
The Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown is reporting that it has collected in the region of $350,000 and would soon turn attention to collecting funds in supermarkets and primary and secondary schools.
An opening ceremony was held for the project this morning at Heroes Square and was attended by representatives of the eight charities that would benefit.
“It is fitting that your Silver Dollars for Children drive comes in the month of May and allows Barbadians, right at the outset, to demonstrate the spirit of giving to our nation’s children. Through this gift of selfless giving, the Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown has lived up to the objectives of Kiwanis international of changing the world one child at a time,” Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo said during the ceremony.
Changes were made to this year’s activity to reflect the reality of decreased donations, chairman of the project Jennifer Hinkson explained.
These include staging the event on a Saturday and opting for a ceremonial laying of silver dollars at Heroes Square.
However, what has not changed is the partnership that was developed 10 years ago with Republic Bank.
Speaking of the partnership, the bank’s Manager of Customer Contact Service, Brian Charles said, “It has granted us the most humbling honour of allowing us to positively impact the life of a child.”
“The past 10 years have allowed the bank to hold true to the moral tenet that we are our brother’s keeper,” he said.
The club has collected funds at the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, and National Senior Games.
“For the entire month of May we will be focusing on collections in primary and secondary schools,” Hinkson explained.
The charities earmarked to benefit are the Barbados Council for the Disabled, the Barbados Cancer Society, the Learning Centre, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Barbados Centre for Dyslexia, the Hope Foundation, the Asthma Association of Barbados and the Special Olympics of Barbados.