The Barbados Cancer Society, despite having faced a few challenges, has remained faithful to its main fundraising event and said it is thankful for all the support it has received from corporate Barbados and the general public since its first annual raffle in 1981.
“From the very beginning, we have kept the price of the raffle tickets at $2, although our expenses have increased and we have to pay duties on the car we offer as first prize, so we are bringing a great value to Barbados,” Cancer Society president Dr Dorothy Cooke-Johnson told reporters as she joined other officials at donor Courtesy Garage.
Some 7,000 tickets will be distributed for the raffle, which offers a 2018 Hyundai Grand i10 sedan valued at $65,000 as its first prize, and donated by the car dealership, she said. Other prizes include a solar water heater, staycations at two local hotels, household appliances, a bank account, shopping and gasoline vouchers.
“The funds will support our free van service, provide refreshments for patients, support our work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, our early detection clinics, helping people purchase their groceries, assisting children, and offering advice and counselling,” said Dr Cooke-Johnson.
Hyundai brand manager at Courtesy Garage, Philip Bynoe, said his company, which has donated a car to the raffle for over 20 years, was pleased to continue lending its support to a worthy cause. “We are pleased to assist Dr Cooke-Johnson and her team, who work very hard to help people who may be in the unfortunate position of having cancer.”
Two interim draws for cash prizes were held in May and July, and the grand prize draw will be on November 20.