The cool sounds of jazz permeated The Mount Restaurant on the grounds of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus on Sunday night. Beautiful works of art from local artists were also on display.
It was all for the event Jazz, Cheese & Art, organized by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). The fundraising event was held in an effort to raise money for the UWI Cave Hill Scholarship Fund offered by RBC, and also to generate awareness about the Race For The Kids event to be held on April 17, which is also an initiative to raise funds for the scholarship.
The RBC Race For The Kids is a race series held around the world with the aim of bringing families, communities and RBC employees together to raise money for youth causes. This month’s race will be the first ever held in Barbados.
RBC’s Assistant Manager – Marketing and member of the Race For The Kids fundraising committee Keri Mapp said Jazz, Cheese & Art was only one in a series of events to raise funds and spread the word about the Easter Monday race.
They also held Zumba and Bassa Bassa workout sessions with Cross Fit, which were enjoyed by many.
RBC chose to partner with UWI Cave Hill after the announcement by the Government in August 2013 that Barbadian students would be required to pay their own tuition fees. Realizing that many students would be in need of assistance, the bank stepped up.
“This is not the first time that RBC is helping. We would have had the UWI bursaries, which ended in 2016. So, since that initiative has finished, we moved on to this new one,” Mapp explained, adding that about 65 students benefitted from the scholarships last year.
It is RBC’s hope to raise as much money as possible to help as many UWI students as they can.
Entertainment at the Jazz, Cheese & Art event was provided by saxophonist Mylon Clarke and his band, as well as singer Adrianna Mayers, accompanied by Romario Wilkinson on saxophone.
There was also colourful art on display by Cher-Antoinette, a self-taught artist who seriously started her creative journey in 2014. This silver and bronze winner at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) showcased a portion of her exhibit entitled Just Call Me Sarah: The Colours of a Woman.
The dynamic works of art by Carl Blackman also adorned the walls of the venue. Blackman is an RBC employee who has been an artist for over 30 years.