The Community Services for the Disadvantaged Administration held their Silver Dollar Drive – A Mile And Beyond on Saturday, seeking to raise a quarter million dollars to help the disabled.
Founding chairman and president Desmond Hoyte said the monies from the fundraiser, held in Independence Square, would go towards assisting disabled people with medical supplies, wheelchairs, walkers, and prosthetic limbs.
“We started the appeal at Ann Hill School where the students donated for two weeks, primarily on Wednesdays…and we are having the second one now to sensitize the public,” he explained.
Hoyte also highlighted the other initiatives the charity is involved in, including: a clothing programme, house repairing and assistance programme, feeding programme, providing stationary supplies and medical supplies, as well as debushing, housing assistance, transportation, meals on wheels and medical assistance.
And he has called on corporate Barbados to partner with the organization to assist more people from the disabled community.
Hoyte noted that they were some people who were going around Barbados collecting funds on behalf of the disabled, but stressed they were not affiliated with Community Services for the Disadvantaged, and urged members of the public to be cautious about giving funds unless there is proof a charity is registered.
In this regard, he said Handy Helpers for the Disadvantaged Inc. was not affiliated with his organization.
Meantime, he said members of the public who wanted to support the organization’s drive could do so by donating to The Community Services for the Disadvantaged Account 62280 at the City of Bridgetown Credit Union, Broad Street; Carlton Plaza, Black Rock; or Manor Lodge, St Michael.