Charity’s second annual brunch fundraiser raises over $18,000 for its breakfast programme
Founders, Jeanne and Karen Savory and Joan Connolly-Gregg
On Sunday 26 March 2017, the sun was out for more than 250 guests who came to support Food for Thought – a charity that provides breakfast to hundreds of children in Turks & Caicos. Kalooki’s was the perfect venue for the sold out event. Brunch attendees enjoyed a delicious brunch buffet overlooking the ocean, while sipping mimosas and listening to the talented Val Kalliecharan on the steel drum. Children at the event were kept entertained by Elsa and Spider-Man, colouring books, a couple of masterful face-painters and a surprise visit down at the beach from TCI’s mermaid Lynsea!
Thanks to the generous event sponsors KB Home Center, Gilley’s Enterprises and Island Fire Supplies, as well as all the kind donors of the many fabulous raffle and silent auction items (and the help of several fantastic volunteers), Food for Thought raised over $18,000 for its breakfast programme. The programme, which began in September 2016, provides a nutritious breakfast every school day to the government primary schools in North, Middle and South Caicos and Salt Cay. Current fundraising efforts are going towards the 2017-2018 school year. At just $250 per year per child, this event alone will help Food for Thought to feed over 70 children.
The charity is able to keep its cost low thanks to the generosity of its transport partners Caicos Express Airways, Lew 1 Shipping, and Cargo Express, and the outstanding people at Quality Food Centre who bring in the food items at cost, then allocate them into shipments for each school, and deliver them to the ports!!
Food for Thought founders Karen and Jeanne Savory would like to thank everyone who attended and gave their support for this important initiative. We were honoured that the Minister for Education was able to attend the brunch. We were pleased to sell out our event again, and to see everyone having such a great time for a good cause. Some of our guests even brought along breakfast and snack food items for our food bank project which will put food boxes into all of the government schools that we aren’t yet able to reach with our breakfast programme.
“We are very grateful to Malaika Wint Williams and the exceptional staff at Kalooki’s who went out of their way to make sure the brunch attendees were well looked after. The venue really was beautiful and Malaika’s team made sure everything was just right, down to the smallest details. We are also indebted to our event sponsors. We love that these local businesses make it a priority to support their community in this way.
In order to ensure the longevity of the breakfast programme Food for Thought is asking for support from the corporate sector as part of their social responsibility efforts. We have a number of sponsorship options so that all business sizes are able to contribute, starting from just $200 per month. Our partner sponsor Sothebys has donated $12,000 to date!
Food for Thought has recently welcomed a new member to its small team. Joan Connolly-Gregg has kindly volunteered her time and substantial energy to the charity, and has already made a huge impact. Joan was instrumental to the success of Sundays brunch.
Food for Thought would like to thank the following wonderful sponsors of its brunch:Kalookis, KB Home Center, Gilleys Enterprises, Island Fire Supplies, Turks & Caicos Banking Company, Bark + Bliss, BCQS, PwC, Chartered Trust, Savory & Co., Mango Reef, Val Kalliecharan, Rogdreka Rolle of Khyes Body Art, Flowers by EA, Lynn Robinson, Heath and Tammy Francis, Beach Enclave, Point Grace, Caicos Express Airways, Tradewinds Guest Suites in Salt Cay, Alexandra Resort & Spa, Nautique Sports, Mermaid Pictures, Goldsmiths, Scott Loosley, Norma Jackson, Blue Haven, Seven Stars, Flamingo Pharmacy, Big Blue Unlimited, Alex Skye, Turquoise Distribution, Art Provo, Sun Charters, TCI Coffee Roasters, Lynn Wood and Swift Delivery Services. Also, special thanks to: Joan, Gerry, Brian & Brian, Terese, Louise, Ora, Laura S, Tina, Belinda, Hope, Laura L and of course Richard & Robin Savory.