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For the children

kiwanis hoping to raise $100,00 with their silver dollars drive

Mark September 30 on your calendar.

That’s the date set for this year’s edition of the Kiwanis Silver Dollars Drive for Children being held in Independence Square, the City.

President of the Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown and Trustee of Drive, Ian Estwick, told Barbados TODAY that this year’s event which starts at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony, is being billed as a family day and there would be a fair which starts at 1 p.m. with rides for the children, lucky dips, popcorn and cotton candy. There will also be entertainment.

“We’re asking people to bring the entire family this year,” he said.

Additionally, said Estwick, the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry has endorsed the Silver Dollars as part of the Bridgetown Alive programme and an event is being planned that day.

Again this year the target has been set at $100,000 and seven charities — the Hope Foundation, the Learning Centre, Barbados Council for the Disabled, Caribbean Dyslexia Association, Barbados Cancer Society, the Asthma Association of Barbados, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation — would benefit again this year.

Last year each of them received $7,200.

Lieutenant Governor and chairman of the drive, Lennox Prescod, said in a telephone interview with Barbados TODAY they had already started the collection at supermarkets and this would continue at various locations every Saturday this month. There would also be other collection points around the country.

“On the 29th, that’s the Saturday before, we want to do collections in Bridgetown. The schools will get their containers next week and then we go back and collect those containers in October, the children will get stickers with characters representing various charities when they donate their silver dollars.

“What a growing number of schools are going to be doing this year, is putting on special events, to have children lay coins in an area around the schools to sort of simulate what we will be doing in Independence Square. This is encouraging,” he added.

Prescod said that even though “things are tight” people were giving because it was for children.

“People really understand what we do with the money and the importance of it and the charities do a good job of telling people what they do. Before Silver Dollars, from our side, people didn’t seem to understand what the charities do with the money they collect. For Silver Dollars they have to come back and say what they do and they have to every year,” he said.

This year there will be an e-commerce facility to receive donations on line and the club is targeting people in the Diaspora, the UK, the US and Canada and the Caribbean.

The Silver Dollars Drive for Children, which is in its eighth year, was launched over the weekend at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort. (DS)

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