Realtor’s ‘Winter Blues’ campaign ends
Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty has announced the end of its fifth annual “Winter Blues” charity campaign.
Each year employees decide on a charity or group of charities to receive contributions. In the past, donations have been paid weekly to wear “winter blues” — that is, blue jeans — on Fridays, with funds distributed to charities chosen each month by employees.
However, in 2013 staff at Bermuda's “largest local real estate company” decided to contribute non-perishable items to a food bin throughout the four month long campaign to benefit the Pembroke Parish Community Feeding Programme.
The charity drive worked so well, it has been chosen again for the 2014 campaign.
The Pembroke Parish Community Feeding Programme is programme administered by the Anglican Parish of Pembroke in collaboration with The Family Centre, The Eliza Doolittle Society, and Bermuda Cares. They offer community meals at St Monica's Church on Monday evenings, from 6pm to 7pm, and St Augustine's Church on Wednesdays, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
The food pantry, located at 127 St John's Road, is open on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to11.30am and offers food vouchers and grocery supplies for those in need. For Bermuda Realty employees, the first official denim day for the 2014 campaign was actually scheduled pre-New Year on Friday, December 6, 2013.
“We decided to begin before the holidays so that we would have a contribution ready when the food pantry shelves were empty after Christmas,” said Paul Matthews, Chairman of the Company's Charity Committee.
“This is the second year we have chosen to work closely with this charity over the winter months as the need in Bermuda continues to grow. We are very pleased with the response from our staff members who have contributed well over 500 food items this year.”