In the four years since it took over the annual Fun Run for children’s charities initiated by the late Dame Olga Lopes-Seale, Chefette Restaurants has raised over $310,000 and has helped thousands of needy children throughout Barbados, according to an official of the fast food restaurant.
“We have assisted over 1,350 students through the back to school programme, granted six wishes to terminally ill children in partnership with the Precious Touch Foundation, and have also provided meals for over 17, 500 children through the Young Women’s Christian Association’s breakfast programme,” Managing Director Ryan Haloute said at the launch of this year’s event at Chefette’s corporate offices in Wildey, St Michael.
One of the main beneficiaries of the run is the children’s charity Variety, which assists needy Barbadians with school supplies.
Executive Director Donnah Russell said there had been a noticeable rise in the number of people seeking help.
“These days it is not just unemployed people who need help, we are getting calls for assistance from people who may be working three days a week and cannot meet their expenses, so when it is time for back to school, it is even more difficult.
“Everybody had the experience of going back into school in September with a brand-new uniform, and children might be affected psychologically if they have to go back to school in their old uniforms. New outfits and supplies would put them in the right frame of mind when they go back to school,” Russell said.
This year’s Fun Run will take place on Sunday, June 11.