Driving towards $4 million
In an effort to raise a portion of the approximately $4 million needed to refurbish the old Carnegie Public Library on Coleridge Street, The City, the Preservation (Barbados) Foundation Trust is holding a $100 ticket raffle for a 2015 Mercedes GLA 200 with a retail value of just over $187,000.
The raffle will begin next month and the draw will take place on Valentine’s Day or at Easter next year. However, this decision is yet to be taken.
Chairman of the Trust Senator Sir Henry Fraser announced the raffle today, saying they were hoping to raise “as much money as possible” to help restore the historic library building which has been abandoned for almost eight years.
“For those who do not win this car, you are making a contribution to the future of the youth of Barbados. We can say, though, that we have had such a tremendous response from Limegrove (Lifestyle Centre) who are partnering with the Trust in this effort and from the companies within Limegrove,” said Sir Henry.
“We are hoping that we will raise way more than the value of the car towards the preservation of the Carnegie Library,” he added.
The car will remain at the Limegrove Centre in Holetown, St James throughout the life of the raffle.
Acknowledging that the corporate sector and many individuals were “very supportive” of the Trust’s efforts, Sir Henry disclosed that to date they have managed to raise about $30,000 “with very little effort”. He said they have also been given some furnishing.
“And we have gotten a lot of promises. So we have to make sure that those promises come through,” he said, adding that the raffle was only “the appetizer for big things to come”.
Sir Henry explained that the approximately $4 million price tag on the restoration was only for the fabric of the building, which is phase one.
He said the Trust would be placing a billboard with a measurement instrument outside of the library to show the amount of funds raised on a monthly basis.
The raffle forms one of the many projects that the Trust will be embarking on in an effort to raise funds for the preservation of a number of buildings across the island.
Sir Henry said the Trust was “attempting to do what has been left undone for 40 years because there are so many historic treasures in Barbados that are in need of preservation”.
Sales executive for Mercedes at Simpson Motors Ian Daniel said the company was happy to be a part of the fund raising efforts, pointing out that the choice of vehicle was because of its safety and other features.
The next project of the Trust will be the launching of a calendar before December, which will be in celebration of the island’s 50th anniversary of independence in 2016.