More than 200 households in St James North and St Peter will receive special Christmas food hampers thanks to the generosity of dozens of Barbadians who last night patronised a Clarkson Foundation cocktail and auction.
Held at the Apes Hill Club, St James, and billed this year as the ‘Chic n’ Charitable Too’, the social event is an annual fund-raising function of the five-year-old Foundation that was established with the aim of bringing “a better life for persons in the northern part of St James as well as St Peter”, according to the charity’s Chair, Beverly Smith-Hinkson.
“Some of the funds from your tickets tonight will go towards feeding another 250 people this Christmas,” Smith-Hinkson told guests as she explained that the hamper donations have become part of the work of the Foundation that helps members of the neighbouring communities in education, sports, agriculture and social welfare.
Recapping activities for the period May 2017 to December this year, she said that using funds raised at the cocktail along with donations from organisations, the Foundation has assisted more than 200 families with school supplies; supported primary school tours; helped university students with fees payment and purchase of text books; donated money to football and cricket clubs; provided seedlings to over 150 persons for garden projects; supplied 50 persons with chicks for chicken growing projects; donated money to the welfare programmes of churches; and provided some 350 food hampers to families.
“Over the years we’ve also done a ‘Life Skills Programme’ that’s helped in preparing young people in the communities for the work environment,” said Smith-Hinkson, whose husband Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson is the Charity’s Patron.
“We hope that in 2019 we will be able to expand that project . . . [much of] the funds raised tonight will go towards that,” she added.