Undaunted by intermittent showers, a large crowd converged on the grounds of Ilaro Court on Sunday to be part of Carols by Candlelight sponsored by the Rotary Club of Barbados.
The event, now in its 14th year, raises thousands of dollars in order to buy gifts for needy children across the island, says Rotary President Elvin Sealy.
In a brief address, Sealy said that the Evelina Smith Children’s Home located at the St. Philip District Hospital was one of the more recent beneficiaries of the annual fundraiser.
“From your contributions we are able to provide help to those who need it. In April this year we completed the renovation of Evelina Smith Home for challenged children … .
“This renovated facility has vastly improved the living conditions for 17 physically and mentally handicapped children at that institution at a cost of over $100 000 dollars. It is a perfect fit to our theme here Make Dreams Real.”
Sealy also thanked Prime Minister David Thompson and his wife Mara for allowing the use of Ilaro to stage “the biggest fund-raising event on the Rotary Calendar”.
– by John Sealy