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Charity’s St Patrick’s Day appeal to ‘fill pot of gold’

A charity is betting on the luck of the Irish this week for its third Pot O’ Gold fundraiser to support vulnerable families.

Family Centre has urged businesses and members of the public to “fill the pot” through donations to fund therapeutic programmes and services for children and families.

Maribeth Anderson, one of the event’s organisers, said the charity launched its first Pot O’ Gold fundraiser in March 2020, although the event was forced to change because of the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Anderson said: “The original plan was to host a coffee social morning to raise critical funds and awareness of the services Family Centre provides to children, teens and families in the community.

“However, as St Patrick’s Day approached, a new normal was forming and suddenly the world had to cancel in-person gatherings and instead find a new way of doing things and being together.”

She added that the event remained online last year as another surge of Covid-19 cases came during the period.

Ms Anderson said: “This year, as St Patrick’s Day neared, we wanted to continue with the theme of ‘Filling the Pot O’ Gold’.

“For us it celebrates Bermuda’s resilience despite setbacks caused by the pandemic. It also gives us hope for better days ahead.

“This is what Family Centre does each day for children, teens and the families they serve. They provide healing and tools to build resilience, and hope for a brighter future.”

Sandy DeSilva, executive director of Family Centre, said the annual event was a fun way for the community to support the charity’s work.

Dr DeSilva said: “The funds raised by this initiative helps our most vulnerable — children, teens and families to have a safe space to receive therapeutic services that allows healing and empowerment to successfully navigate social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

“Your support of this fundraiser allows us to continue to provide our therapeutic programmes and services free of charge and removes any financial burden that may hinder any child, teen or family that needs our help.”

Anyone interested in making a donation is urged to visit https://www.tfc.bm/pot-of-gold.

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Published March 18, 2022 at 7:45 am (Updated March 18, 2022 at 7:45 am)

Charity’s St Patrick’s Day appeal to ‘fill pot of gold’

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