The meeting was a combined general meeting and training.
Dr. Patterson informed the volunteers that we need to start planning for Crisis Centre month in November. She suggested that we address the issue of teen violence. One volunteer suggested we also think about preventative measures to protect children who might be molested in school. We thought we could combine the two and volunteers were asked to think of a theme.
The National Child Protection Council is running a program in primary schools to encourage children who are being abused to come forward and disclose the abuse. Results of such disclosure would mean that agencies such a the Police, Social Services and The Crisis Centre would be involved in the healing process for such children.
The Green Ribbon Peace Campaign will continue with Pre School children in September and January and Camille suggested a catchy phrase for this could be ” Put on a happy face” which seemed appropriate for small children.
Novelette gave a report on the Health Fair held at Lyford Cay. Several volunteers had signed up for it but only one actually attended. There is another Health Fair to be held on Wednesday, 27th May at the Sheraton, Cable Beach and volunteers who are available were asked to sign up for it.
Chekera gave her report on the Family Fair and Cultural Show held last week. It was too early to give figures on how much was made as it depended to a large extent on the money for tickets being brought it in a timely fashion.
Everyone agreed that both events went off very well, in spite of the disappointing turnout.
Some points to keep in mind when planning the next event were:
- The date and time of year is a big factor. It was felt that the day before Mother’s Day was not a good choice as there were similar events being held on the same day. It was also very hot at the location we picked.
- Vendors may have wished to stay later in order to make more money as the turnout had been poor. Because of the Cultural Show, vendors had to dismantle their booths soon after 6pm
- It might be advisable not to have two events on the same day
- Dr. Patterson might speak at the beginning of such events to tell people attending what the Crisis Centre is all about.
- There could have been a banner at the entrance on Shirley Street for some days before the event so that people passing would be aware.
- The location should be reconsidered. On this occasion we wanted to hold it somewhere where we could also have the show later but if we have a separate fair in future, RM Bailey might be a better location.
- The electricity supply was a serious problem so, again, something to keep in mind next time.
- Brochures and posters should have been displayed to inform and educate on the services offered by the Crisis Centre.
- It was suggested that vendors should be given discounted booths next time to encourage them to participate and very few, if any, made a profit.
However, Chekera, Jadetra and Jan were praised for the hard work they put into both events. There was no doubt that the Cultural Show was a 100% success and should be held again, maybe in November as part of Crisis Centre month.
The meeting then proceeded into the training session, facilitated by Donna Nicolls.
Well, it is over! The Family Fair and Cultural Show went off with a bang yesterday on the grounds of the National Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Booths selling food, clothing, accessories and other items as well as bouncing castles and a carousel provided entertainment for adults and children alike. The sun was hot so sodas and snow cones sold especially well. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band put on a wonderful display as the event was officially opened by the Minister of State for Social Development, Mrs. Loretta Butler-Turner, following a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by our own, Camille Smith.
Soon after 7pm, when the booths were being dismantled, the Cultural Show began inside the Theatre. An array of Bahamian artists entertained the audience for two hours with a variety of dance, drums, bands new songs and traditional Bahamian music.
Congratulations go out to the hard working team who organized both the Fair and the Cultural Show, especially Chekera Hamilton, Jedetra Ingraham and Jan Thurston. They put so much energy and planning into this major fund raising event, the likes of which the Crisis Centre has never attempted before. We thank them for all their hard work. We must also thank Novelette Fox, the Administrator, who also worked hard to make this event a success.
To those volunteers who came out to assist on the day, donated cases of soda, sold tickets and distributed flyers we say thanks too.
Training will continue this coming week starting on Thursday evening at 6pm.