On August 26 nine years ago, the Codrington family was faced with what is considered one of the most devastating tragedies to affect a single family in Barbados.
Donavere Codrington and his wife Cassandra, together with three of their six children, perished when the apartment block in which they lived collapsed into a cave at Arch Cot Terrace, Brittons Cross Road in St Michael. Since then, the three surviving Codrington children –– Doniko Codringon, Zavier Brathwaite and Doniya Codrington –– have been receiving financial assistance through The Chefette’s Helping Hand Fund, which was established in 1989 to support families and staff members in need.
Chefette also came to the assistance of other families who have been affected by one tragedy or another. The beneficiaries are little Khalia Went, the daughter of Kelly-Ann Welch a victim of the September 3, 2010 Campus Trendz fire; Rasonte Parsons who has sickle cell anaemia; and Krishawn Greaves who has angioedema.
In keeping with its pledge to assist those in the community who have been met with misfortune, Chefette Restaurants once again acknowledged its extended family during a reception held recently at its corporate office. Advertising manager Lisa Carter recently presented the Codrington family and the other three families with the much needed funds.
Carter said: “Every year for the past nine years we have been looking forward to this occasion when we embrace the selected children who in one form or another have had their share of misfortune. It makes us proud to see the smiles on their faces as they enjoy the social interaction with each other. Chefette will do its best to ensure that this continues in the years to come.”
Lisa Brathwaite, Zavier’s mother, expressed gratitude to Chefette and its advertising team for showing commitment and continued support to Zavier and the other Codrington children.