Taking steps to help Family Centre
The Bermuda End-to-End, a local institution, turns 30 next year — while bus driver and entertainer Mark Anderson has come up with a charity end-to-end of his own for a little sooner.
Mr Anderson will be setting out early tomorrow, around 4am, from the Dockyard to St George's, for a long walk in support of Family Centre — and in particular to get friends, family and fans donating to the charity's online lip sync battle, which is raising money for its much needed services.
Mr Anderson, the man behind the Sybil Barrington stage persona, will not be dressing up for his walk across the island, telling The Royal Gazette: “I'm going to be wearing regular clothes and struggling along.”
A 2014 walk raised money for the Centre Against Abuse, and another last year raised thousands for his goddaughter Kamala Smith with her cancer treatment.
Supporters of his latest walk can donate through Family Centre's website or Facebook site, or drop in to the charity's Point Finger Road headquarters.
Mr Anderson's video is a cover of Shirley Bassey's Get the Party Started.
The initiative comes as the official Bermuda End-to-End invites the island's charities to send in their applications for funding from its 30th annual event, scheduled next year for May 5 and 6.
Proceeds from the 2017 XL Catlin sponsored walk will cover costs for works to support and strengthen Bermuda's families.
It will be distributed in four grants of $50,000 to $65,000 each. Applicants must show how their work benefits the community, with proof that donations will be wisely spent.
Would-be candidates are invited to address one of the following:
• Seniors: basic needs and support services;
• Youth: enrichment opportunities to help overcome negative social issues;
• Families: support services for physical and emotional trauma and health.
Charities must be registered on the island, and not affiliated with a religious or other sectarian group. Complete financial statements must be given.
Submissions must define the issue selected, describe the relevant solution, and be able to measure and identify the impact or outcome. Funds will de given out in June 2017, with an evaluation report required by the year's end.
Charities wishing to be considered must download an application from the www.bermudaendtoend.bm site, and return them by 5pm on October 21.