notes from meeting held 20th june 2009
The last meeting before the summer break was very poorly attended. We welcome comments on how we can increase our volunteer participation in meetings and events.
Chekera gave a report on the financial outcome of the Fair and Cultural Show held on the 9th May. As ticket monies are still outstanding (and we urge volunteers to bring in the money they owe please) she could not give a final report but as it stands now, a profit of $3,702.20 was made. This profit should increase considerably when all outstanding monies are brought in to the Centre.
Dr. Patterson spoke about the video being circulated which graphically shows a little girl being molested. She stressed how it shows how children are primed to accept such behaviour as normal, having no knowledge of the damage it is doing to them.
A Clothesline Project will be held as part of a vigil at 7pm on the 30th June in Rawson Square. Other participating groups will be the BCC, the National Child Protection Council and the Bahamas Against Sexual Violence and Child Abuse. This project will depict stories of cases of child abuse here in The Bahamas.
The theme for Crisis Centre Month is to focus on Teen Violence in Relationships and ideas were sought for a catchy theme. Such ideas as “I’m Not Settlin'” and ” I deserve the best” from songs by Ricardo Clarke, were considered appropriate as messages to which young people can relate. There will a newspaper supplement, workshops, an exhibition and other activities during the month of November.
Terneille Burrows, known as Tada, from the group Bahamas Against Sexual Violence and Child Abuse” made several very good suggestions on branding our events and services to catch the attention of the community in a more effective way. She suggested too that we approach the media requesting regular spots for information, PSA’s etc on the Crisis Centre and the issues which the Centre addresses. She also advised more professional graphic design for branding events. If anyone knows of a graphic designer who is willing to work for free for the Crisis Centre, we would love to hear from them. It is time for the younger members of the community to take over, or at least assist in, the work done by volunteers for the past twenty years.
Ismae Whymms then gave an excellent presentation on Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV, encouraging volunteers to take responsibility for being aware of changes in their bodies and taking appropriate action if they have concerns. There were a number of questions after the presentation posed by volunteers. National HIV Testing Day is to be recognized here in The Bahamas on 29th and 30th June.
Following the meeting, a small group of new volunteers who have been recently trained completed an evaluation form.
We are hoping that, come September, volunteers will be re-energized to attend meetings and participate in events organized by the Centre. During the break, I will endeavour to update you on any information, activities etc that you might find useful.
Meanwhile, stay safe and cool! And don’t forget to check out our forum!