Cents drive going strong

After being launched almost a year ago now, the Alzheimers’ Association says its “Making Sense out of Cents” drive is still progressing strongly.

President Pamelia Brereton said that while she did not have the latest tally from the Central Bank, which has partnered with the association in the drive, she would not be surprise if they reached $200,000 by the end of the year. The tally up to February was $109,000.

“The drive is still going very well,” she said. “All our boxes, perhaps with the exception of about two or so that we brought in, are still out there. But even so, organisations have still been calling for boxes.”

On Saturday I collected a box from Super Centre Oistins, that was packed with cents and three or four supermarket bags with cents as well. There were so many that they had to use bags for the rest,” she stated, adding: “The drive is strong. I think it comes down to the fact that people care about this and want to help because we recognise that it is getting worse.”

Brereton admitted that there had been a dip in donations when compared to when the drive first started, but she said she believed Barbadians were committed enough to seeing something done to help the ageing population that they would continue giving. (LB)

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