Sisters to Sisters, a charitable organisation of women in the various areas of public life, has donated approximately $8 million to the Women's Centre Foundation and the Bureau of Women's Affairs.
The presentation took place Friday, July 30, at the Women's Centre, Trafalgar Road, St Andrew. The cheques were collected by Executive Director of the Women's Centre Foundation Beryl Weir and Executive Director of the Bureau of Women's Affairs Faith Webster.
The fund-raising started with the Sisters to Sisters' Mediathon in April, 2008, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, to coincide with International Women's Day. It featured performances by several leading women in media and entertainment circles.
The donations were boosted by major contributions from companies, entertainers, artiste managers and producers.
The donations will support Women's Centre projects, such as the Programme for Adolescent Mothers, which assists teenaged mothers, as well as finance a major new shelter for battered women in Kingston to be operated by the Bureau of Women's Affairs, which falls under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Joining Minister Grange at the handing-over function were Sisters to Sisters committee members: broadcaster Paula Ann Porter; singer Nadine Sutherland and promoter/show producer Sharon Burke, who produced the 2008 mediathon, as well as promoter Ronnie Burke, who represents brothers supporting Sisters to Sisters.