Friday 16 November, 2018

$4 million in one night, just a drop of what raised to help children

Golf Tournament Winning Team: Gay Smith (presenter), Judy Kershaw, Peter Harris, Trishe Abbott and Russ Abbott.

Golf Tournament Winning Team: Gay Smith (presenter), Judy Kershaw, Peter Harris, Trishe Abbott and Russ Abbott.

The Sandy Lane Charitable Trust (SLCT) continues to make a great impact on the lives of many underprivileged children in Barbados.

This as to date, the SLCT has dispersed in excess of 40 million dollars to fund multiple cases whether it be financial, educational or medical. The Trust, whilst it supports many individual cases, mainly focuses its efforts on far-reach programs, working closely with community partners fighting poverty and crime.

Even though the organisation has been around for over 14 years, most Barbadians do not know a great deal about this work and how it is able to achieve this.  

The annual golf tournament and fundraising dinner remain are the trust's largest source of funds, in which they see more than 300 expatriates and their guests - many who call Barbados their second home - humbly donate thousands of dollars on this one night to sustain the many programmes in which the Trust supports. Last year the event raised an astounding 4.2 million Barbados dollars in one night, which by even worldwide standards is an exceptional feat.

This year's event kicked off on Friday, January 19 with a shot gun start at 8:30 am on the Country Club golf course, with the prize giving ceremony held later during dinner. The success of the night’s event was a collaborative effort of local and overseas donors, team sponsors who competed for the coveted golf prizes, local companies who donated items for both the live and silent auction and individuals who generously donated large sums of money, safe in the knowledge that their funds will be all put to good use.

100 percent of the funds raised by the Trust go to the development of the underprivileged children of Barbados, while the payment of salaries and expenses are covered by its grand patron to ensure that every penny raised goes towards those who need it most.