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Betty Goodman assisting Norma Alleyne with getting the items she needs at the Grand Bazaar held recently at the Cae Hill Campus.

 
   

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University looking out for needy students

12/22/2013

Staff of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus seized the opportunity recently to purchase needed items for the holiday season during a Grand Bazaar held on campus.

The event attracted several persons to the area directly behind the Administration Building where they obtained items such as clothing, books, toys and plants. Patrons also enjoyed performances in song by Mighty Grynner and Sammy G, as well as line dance presentation by staff of the campus.

Assistant Registrar, Jennifer Hinkson, told The Barbados Advocate that the Bazaar is a fundraising event and the money obtained is donated to needy causes. This year, she said the funds procured will be placed in the campus’ Student Hardship Fund which assists individuals facing financial difficulties.

“It is our Grand Bazaar and this is about the fifth year. The first year we raised over $20 000 which we donated to the Children’s Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. So every year we look for a needy cause to donate the funds. All the contributions are from staff [and] we do have some of our vendors [that] we work with through the years… Earlier in the month we had a concert, the Nine Lessons and Carols, all those funds also went to the Student Hardship Fund because it is hardship now and we thought that this year, in our 50th year, we should concentrate on home ground.”

Campus Registrar, Kenneth Walter, added that the assistance given by the Fund “has been going quite well so far.” He expressed a “hope that through these efforts by staff and the wider community that we can add money to the Fund which could help students if they really have challenges going forward.”(MG)

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