Families turn out to Volunteer

Friday, August 17, 2012

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Saturday June 30, Botanical Gardens, Paget:

Volunteering met family fun day for The Centre on Philanthropy’s inaugural Family Community Day. There was not a bouncy castle or face painter in sight, yet still everyone was having a blast.

The event came about as a way to bring families and charities together for a day of giving back.

“People are very busy these days, particularly with their families,” said Brian Madeiros, Chairman of The Centre, who was busy making Collection Boxes with his son Josh for The Eliza Dolittle Society (TEDS). “So we thought we could arrange one day where everyone could come down and volunteer together as a family. I’m so happy with how it’s going. This is a bunch of people who care about their community.”

Margaret Ward of TEDS said they were able to build and wrap 30 collection boxes for Make Hunger History Week while the Bermuda National Trust potted 275 mulberry tree cuttings, KBB painted 10 waste bins and the Bermuda Netball Association made 25 cat toys for the SPCA.

Also on hand were Masterworks Foundation doing mosaic art, Gina Spence Production in Christ building scrapbooks for families and Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative binding workbooks for BizCamp.

Participants were also able to read stories or play games with seniors from Mathilda Smith Williams Senior Residence or visit information booths from Family Centre and Impact Mentoring Academy.

And is if that wasn’t enough live entertainment was provided by CKC Cares, including singers, rappers, DJs and more. There was a live performance of ‘Proud to be Bermudian’ and a surprise visit by the Gombeys.

Nikita Robinson, from HOTT 107.5’s Ladies Room, was MC for the day and brought her two sons down to participate as well.

“Family and volunteering are two of my passions,” she said. “I’m just so excited to be here and take part. I’m going to go ahead and declare it an annual event.”

So we’ll see you next year!

Photos!

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