Or­gan­is­ers Pre­par­ing for DASH 2019

The Star (St. Lucia) - - CLASSIFIED -

The wheels are in mo­tion for the 5th an­nual and most colour­ful event on Saint Lu­cia's in­de­pen­dence cal­en­dar, DASH.

DASH, es­tab­lished on the is­land's an­nual in­de­pen­dence cal­en­dar of events, has grown ex­po­nen­tially over the years with par­tic­i­pants look­ing for­ward to fun, pur­pose and fam­ily.

This year's event is ex­pected to lit­er­ally bring life and colour to the is­land's 40th an­niver­sary of in­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions, cre­at­ing a fun­filled en­vi­ron­ment that ce­ments the bonds be­tween gen­er­a­tions for a wor­thy cause.

This past week, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of the event met with Dr Kim Gard­ner and her team from the Child De­vel­op­ment and Guid­ance Cen­tre (CDGC), which has been the char­ity of fo­cus for the event from in­cep­tion, to dis­cuss the new chal­lenges and com­mit­ments to be un­der­taken post Fe­bru­ary 2019.

These dis­cus­sions are cru­cial to the plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of the DASH event as or­gan­is­ers re­new a more per­sonal con­nec­tion to the cause and those who ben­e­fit most from the un­der­tak­ing.

The CDGC is the only mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­vel­op­men­tal as­sess­ment cen­tre on the is­land and con­tin­ues to ex­press grat­i­tude to the do­nat­ing pub­lic who help to keep the spirit of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and, most im­por­tantly, its pa­tients alive. Just over 40 per cent of the cen­tre's bud­get is cov­ered by a gov­ern­men­tal sub­ven­tion so do­na­tions from the pub­lic and other in­sti­tu­tions are para­mount to con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide the much-needed ser­vice to the is­land.

The com­mit­tee used the op­por­tu­nity to gauge the needs of the cen­tre with a view to plan­ning the type and ex­tent of do­na­tions—fi­nan­cial and oth­er­wise. Saint Lu­cia con­tin­ues to re­alise an in­creas­ing num­ber of cases of chil­dren af­fected by de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties as a re­sult of var­i­ous causes.

Dr Gard­ner ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to the com­mit­tee for con­tin­u­ing to choose the or­gan­i­sa­tion as the main ben­e­fi­ciary.

This year's dona­tion will be used for schol­ar­ships, as has been done in the past.

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