Dare to Care Homes gets $1.8m donation

Published: Friday | May 22, 2009

Senior executives at Capital and Credit Financial Group and representatives from the Mustard Seed Communities take a look at a cheque for $1.8 million during a presentation ceremony hosted by the former on Wednesday. Looking on are (from left): Michelle Wilson-Reynolds, senior vice-president, group marketing and corporate affairs; Father Gregory Ramkissoon, executive director of the Mustard Seed Communities; Andrew Cocking, deputy group president, international business; Donna Reynolds of Dare to Care; Ryland T. Campbell, CD, chairman of Capital and Credit; Darcy Tulloch-Williams, deputy executive director, Mustard Seed Communities; Grub Cooper of Fab 5 and Curtis Martin, deputy group president, banking and investment services.

More than $1.8 million has been raised for the Mustard Seed Com-munities' Dare to Care Homes.

The funds have come from the audited proceeds of Capital and Credit Financial Group's (CCFG) seventh annual charity concert, 'Pickney Love at Christmas'.

Ryland T. Campbell, chairman and group president of CCFG, pre-sented the $1.8-million cheque to Father Gregory Ramkissoon, executive director of Mustard Seed, and Dare to Care's Donna Reynolds, on Wednesday at the group's 6-8 Grenada Way office in St Andrew.

The cheque brings the total amount raised and donated by the group since the inception of the concert in 2002 to more than $7.2 million. Each year, Capital and Credit plans and underwrites the total cost of staging this event and after auditing by Deloitte and Touche, which performs this task as its annual contribution, the proceeds are handed over to Dare to Care.

"I am encouraged that although it has been a rough financial season for most persons, we were able to lobby support from a wide cross section of society to be able to hand over to Dare to Care our largest contribution from the event yet," said Michelle Wilson-Reynolds, senior vice-president for group marketing and corporate affairs at CCFG.

In aid of children with hiv

Since 2002, all the proceeds from this special charity event have been donated to the Dare to Care Homes for abandoned children living with HIV/AIDS. Over the years, the funds have been used to purchase anti-retroviral medication and provide the children with psychosocial counselling, educational needs and transportation.

Dare to Care was established in 1999 as a hospice to care for 14 children who were either HIV-positive or who had AIDS. Since then, the facility has been expanded to three homes (two in Kingston and one in Spanish Town) and now caters to some 65 children ranging from 18 months to 16 years old who, due to the health care provided, have been enjoying long and healthier life spans.