Food for Thought holds its first fundraiser at Mango Reef

On Sunday 15 May 2016, over 200 guests attended a buffet brunch at Mango Reef in support of new charity Food for Thought. It was the charity’s first fundraising effort. The event was also a chance for guest to learn more about Food for Thought and the work it will do.

Food for Thought was founded by Karen and Jeanne Savory in order to provide free breakfast to all children in the government schools. The first phase, due to begin in September, will provide a healthy breakfast on every school day to the government primary schools in North, Middle and South Caicos and Salt Cay. The charity has already partnered with Caicos Express Airways, Lew 1 Shipping and Quality Food Center to bring the food items in and transport to the schools. This means that all fundraising efforts are able to go towards purchasing the nutritious food items for the students.

On a sunny morning at the popular restaurant Mango Reef guests were treated to a welcome mimosa (donated by Wine Cellar), a wonderful buffet brunch spread prepared by chef Florent Sourmont and his team, a raffle, a variety of fantastic silent auction prizes, quizzes, and face-painting for the kids by the lovely Rogdreka Rolle. One of the highlights of the event was delightful steel drum music by the talented Val Kalliecharan. A good time was had by all.

Karen and Jeanne would like to thank everyone who attended and gave their support to this important initiative. “We are really appreciative of all the community support we have received so far – it was a good feeling when our first fundraiser sold out! We have already had severalpeople asking when our next event will be. We are so grateful to Florent, Alexis and the brilliant staff of Mango Reef who really went above and beyond to make sure the event was a success.”

The event raised approximately $8,500 thanks to the generous support of the guests and sponsors. It is estimated that it will cost about $200 per child per year to implement the programme. Presently the charity is about a third of the way towards raising enough funds for the first year.

The Savory sisters are pleased with progress so far but acknowledge there is much to do. There have already been multiple requests to widen the programme to include Providenciales and Grand Turk (over 4,500 students in all). “We are encouraged by the community’s support – we have received many kind donations from individuals and small businesses. However in order to ensure the longevity of the programme we would love to see more support from the corporate sector as part of their social responsibility efforts.”

Food for Thought would like to thank the following wonderful sponsors of their event: Mango Reef, The Wine Cellar, Val Kalliecharan, Rogdreka Rolle of Khye’s Body Art, SURFside Ocean Academy, Big Blue, Maison Creole, Goldsmith, Seven Stars, Grace Bay Osteopathy, Flamingo Pharmacy, Davidson Louis, Caribbean LED Lighting, The Palms, Turkberry, Nathan’s Cheesecakes, Jai’s, KB Home Center, Norma Jackson, Retreat Yoga and Wellness Studio, TCI Coffee Roasters, Scott Loosley, Digicel, Sail Provo, Melt, Swift Delivery Services, Laura, Kevin, Thorn, and of course Richard and Robin Savory.

If you would like to learn more about or donate to Food for Thought please email or visit


Face-painting for the kids by the lovely Rogdreka Rolle

The talented Val Kalliecharan playing the steel drums