A Fun Fest to be held by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) later this month will serve the dual purpose of raising funds for its School Breakfast Programme and encouraging Barbadians to be more sensitive to those who are less fortunate.
YWCA president Tamita Griffith said the breakfast programme, which is in its 10th year of operation, provides meals for more than 1,300 children in over 15 primary and secondary schools, and currently incurs in excess of $6,000 in expenses monthly.
“We felt what better way to end Child Month than to have an event that benefits children? All proceeds generated from this Fun Fest will be targeted at our summer takeaway breakfast package and toward sustaining the breakfast programme for the new school year . . . Despite certain constraints, we are committed to ensuring no child is left out as we save today’s children for tomorrow’s future,” she explained.
“And though this programme is a fundraiser for us, we hope that Barbadians would become more sensitive to those who are less fortunate.”
Griffith was speaking at a media briefing to discuss the details of the event which will be held on May 27 at Queen’s College.
Capital Media HD and Banks Holdings Limited (BHL) are gold sponsors of the event.
Chief executive officer of Capital Media Vic Fernandes said his company felt compelled to assist.
“Hunger is a very serious thing. I can only begin to try to imagine what it must be like for a child to go hungry, so I want to commend the YWCA. It was a no-brainer to come on board,” he said.
“We have a responsibility to the public, and the airwaves belong to the public. Therefore, we have to operate in the public interest. So, wherever possible, we should use the airwaves for some good in the society.”
The BHL representative said the company was proud to be involved in another YWCA initiative.
It has partnered with the breakfast programme, in a Milk-a-thon, for the past two years.