The Tortola Ladies Club (TLC) has initiated a 10-day challenge to raise $10,000 for the Family Support Network (FSN).
The challenge started on Tuesday and will run through to April 20.
Executive member of TLC Sharon Burrill told BVI News that their main fundraiser called ‘Dancing Under the Stars’ is usually held in January at the Government House.
However, the event received several setbacks largely due to the impact of the September hurricanes so did not materialize.
“We felt that we really needed to do something quickly and effectively to get money to FSN,” she said.
$3,000 donated so far
The TLC has a total of six sites set up for accepting donations.
They are located at Studio One, the Watering Hole, Red Rock Restaurant and Bar in East End, Deloites, Beans at Tortola Pier Park, and Conch Charters.
Donations can also be done online via onelovebvi.org or given directly to members of the club.
“We are just getting such a positive response, so far. I think people recognize the importance of the work that FSN does.”
“We are only 24 hours into it and I think we already got about $3,000 so far,” Burrill added.
FSN needs the help
Meanwhile, President of the Board of Directors at FSN Judith Charles has also added her voice to urge persons to support the cause.
She said the donation will be channelled towards the upkeep of the FSN.
“FSN doesn’t have the staff really to do a lot of fundraising efforts, and while we have gotten a subvention from the government, we basically need $150,000 to run the programme,” she noted.
“That money comes from private donations but the biggest fundraiser that is done for FSN is done by the TLC. The money is to keep us running, so it goes into the general fund and pays staff, taxes, phones if we have to pull somebody out of a situation and put them in a safe house etcetera.”