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TCI: Food for Thought Fundraiser

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#TurksandCaicos, March 2, 2018 – Providenciales – Sunday 25 February 2018 was a beautiful day for 300 brunch guests to enjoy a delicious meal in a delightful setting while supporting a worthy cause. Food for Thought is a charity that provides breakfast to hundreds of children in Turks & Caicos.

Mango Reef Chef Flourent put on a magnificent and tasty spread for the charity’s supporters, who sipped mimosas and enjoyed fabulous steel drum music while they ate.  They further supported Food for Thought by participating in the raffle and silent auction to raise more money for the much needed breakfast programmes, and by bringing along some nonperishable food items for the charity’s food bank!  The event’s younger supporters were kept entertained by face painting, a nail polish station, and colouring books.

 

 

The event organisers would like to thank KB Home Center who generously sponsored the food, Gilley’s Enterprises for the mimosas, the wonderful Val Kalliecharan for donating his services, and all of the many sponsors and volunteers who made the event such a success.  And, as always, thank you to our Partner Sponsor Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Real Estate for their ongoing support.

Jeanne and Karen Savory (Food for Thought Co-Founders) wish to express their gratitude for all the community’s support for this event, and in general.  “Providing breakfast to a few hundred students may not seem like much, but to some of the students it is really an important addition to their day.  Teachers very quickly reported improved attention and attendance.  We could not do it without the amazing support from the community.  We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed, in so many ways, to the achievements of this charity.”

“Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support our third annual Sunday Brunch – we were particularly pleased to welcome the Honourable Minister for Education to the event.  It was heartwarming to see 300 members of the community come together to support this cause.

Mango Reef did such a lovely job and we are so very thankful to Chef Flourent, Alexis, and the whole Mango Reef team for all their hard work.  Thanks also to the kind event sponsors KB Home Center and Gilley’s Enterprises!  And of course we cannot go without mentioning our awesome helpers, Joan and Tara, and the rest of our brilliant volunteers.

 

 

We are aiming to expand our Programmes to reach even more children so the fundraising never stops!  Please visit foodforthoughttci.com for more information about the charity’s work and details about donating, or contact us at info@foodforthoughttci.com or 242-FEED.”

Food for Thought would like to thank the following wonderful sponsors of its brunch: Mango Reef, KB Home Center, Gilley’s Enterprises, Caya Hico Media, Val Kalliecharan, Rogdreka Rolle of Khye’s Body Art, Flowers by EA, Point Grace, Nautique Sports, Sailrock, Brilliant Studios, Goldsmith’s, The Addenda, The Spa at Seven Stars, Conch Shack, Kiss n Make Up, Flamingo Pharmacy, Bayview Motors, Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, Caicos Tea, Solana, Tangled, Hezron Henry, Sun Charters, TCI Coffee Roasters, Fay Ninon, Olabasi, Sand Dollar Images, Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding, Swift Delivery Services, Island Fire Supplies, Sotheby’s, BCQS, Griffith’s & Partners, Coriats, Savory & Co., Mark Osmond Dental Clinic, Karam & Missick.   Also, special thanks to Joan, Tara, Carol, Debi, Gerry, Matt, Rori, Shaqueena, Madi, Louise, and last but not least Richard and Robin Savory.

 

Release: Food For Thought TCI

Photo credit: Cayo Hico

 

Header & First insert: Guests enjoying their buffet brunch

Second insert: Children waiting for the face painting

Third insert: Food for Thought supporters

Fourth insert: Val Kalliecharan on the Steel DrumsAs

 

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.

 

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Bahamas News

Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”

Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.

Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour.  Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands.  In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”

Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.

 

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