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Auntie Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund
Sunday, May 7, 4pm
from Independence Square to the Ship Inn
Monday-Friday 10am-11pm, Saturday 5pm-11pm
& receive one of our colourful Fun Run t-shirts
Students $15, Adults $25
Closing Ceremony hosted by John King and Cassandra Samuel
For more information or to sponsor, donate prizes or volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning in 1989, The Ship Inn’s Charity Fun Run has always been a great family event and has raised over $250,000 over the years in support of the Soroptomist Senior Citizen’s Village and the Challenor School for the Mentally Challenged also provided much needed supplies and equipment to the school who signs up the most runners. This year, in conjunction with the Hash House Harriers, we’re raising funds in support of Auntie Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund.
Over 3000 walkers, runners and joggers of all ages are expected to take part. Designed as a fun family event with the mottos “Everyone’s a Winner” and “To Participate is to Win”, everyone who completes the run receives a prize. Prizes range from items as small as a pen to a free trip to Jamaica! So everyone is indeed a winner, no matter when you finish – you’ll take home a prize, you’ll have had your exercise for the day and you’ll be supporting a great charity as well!And as a special incentive for the schools, we have a prize for the school that signs up the most students. The Hash House Harriers will also be holding an auction a week after the run to raise additional funds for the Needy Children’s Fund.
Auntie Olga’s Needy Children’s Fund
Mrs. Olga Lopes Seale, affectionately known as “Auntie Olga” was born on December 26, 1918, but this 88 year old shows no signs of slowing down as she tirelessly works for the benefit of others. Auntie Olga is known throughout the Caribbean for her selfless and endearing attention to the needs of the poor, contributions to children and the aged, sense of community, work as broadcaster, philanthropist, crusader for the underprivileged and newspaper columnist.
At the 2005 National Honours and Awards Ceremony, the accolade of Dame of St. Andrew was conferred on Mrs. Lopes-Seale in recognition of her unswerving commitment to public and community service.
Mrs. Olga Lopes-Seale has dedicated her life since childhood to the service of others and has touched many in Barbados, through the medium of radio and via charitable work in the community. Her public service activities consisted of the founding of the Rediffusion Needy Childrens Fund, and so caring was she, that she became one of the most loved personalities on local radio. Mrs. Lopes Seale continues to look after many needy children and their parents with food vouchers, school uniforms, shoes and textbooks. She has also extended her caring hand to many elderly women and men, through her efforts to raise significant sums of money for the Soroptimist Senior Citizens Village. In 1961, she was conferred with the honour of the Member of the British Empire and for her contribution to the community, the Government of Barbados, during its Independence Celebrations for 1992 and 1994, conferred upon Mrs. Olga Lopes Seale, the Honours of Barbados Service Star and Gold Crown of Merit respectively.
The Needy Children’s Fund has been in existence for some 42 years and has helped thousands of families. Although it is officially "The Needy Children's Fund" – Auntie Olga takes care of “her children” "From the womb to the tomb". As they age they are also cared for and the fund has even paid for some burials.
Every family that is given help has been seen by her personally. After investigating and ascertaining the worthiness of an appeal, practical help is given by way of food vouchers, school uniforms, shoes, textbooks etc. Auntie Olga is very hands on and doesn’t just give handouts – she follows through on the progress of the people she helps, saying, “I am not pouring water in a basket.” I require a report on good behaviour and regular attendance.
At Christmas there is a Christmas Party for the children, their mothers and a number of poor senior citizens on the Harbour Master. All of the children are outfitted and each child is given a toy in keeping with its age and sex.
Throughout the year food vouchers are issued and other help required (spectacles, doctor) is given.
Through the years much has been achieved with the support of individuals, Corporate Barbados - and fundraising projects organised by caring groups.
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