Dare to Care Homes gets 18m donation 2009: 18 Million

Dare to Care Homes gets 18m donation

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

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. "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.

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