Garden party with a difference

lovingmebodybykirkPatrons attending Hope Foundation’s annual Garden Party are being promised that there will be a show stopper this year that is sure to delight them.

President of Hope Foundation Shelley Weir said that it will be a part of their entertainment package on the evening of May 25, which includes again this year a fashion show featuring members of the organisation, who will be outfitted with clothing lines by local designers as well as popular labels from local stores.

In addition, she said that the beautiful grounds of Ilaro Court, the Prime Minister’s official residence, will come alive with the sweet, scintillating sounds of the Exotic Steel Orchestra.

This event which is staged annually to raise funds to support ongoing programmes for Lupus, Sickle Cell and Arthritic patients, will start at 4 p.m. under the patronage of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and those attending the event can also look forward to the usual Bajan favourite dishes of pudding and souse, fish cakes and the signature cou cou and salt fish in a champagne glass.

“Every year we continue to work at increasing the public’s knowledge about the diseases that affect the patients on whose behalf we advocate and our Garden Party remains the biggest fund-raising initiative that we have to assist in raising the funds needed to educate the public. The annual Lupus Awareness Campaign for instance costs over $60,000 and the programmes we undertake for Sickle Cell and Arthritis, though not as costly; still require thousands of dollars to execute. Indeed times are tough economically, but if we are to ensure that every Barbadian is reached, we cannot cut back on our outreach efforts,” Weir said.

Hope Foundation was founded over 20 years ago to raise awareness of “lesser known” chronic diseases and the president said that during that period, the organisation has clearly defined itself as a true patient advocate, by bringing about institutional changes to ensure that the persons that they represent are recognised in the health care system.

Tickets for the Garden Party may be obtained from Hope Foundation, No. 24 George Street, Opposite 8th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael. Members of the public may also call the Foundation at 437-8781 to book tickets or e-mail

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