GRC Annual luncheon and Dutch Auction garners praise

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 29, 2018

Longstanding sponsors of the Guyana Relief Council (GRC) were lauded for their unstinting support as the organisation hosted its Annual Luncheon and Dutch Auction at the Pegasus Hotel on October 28.

Chairperson of the GRC, Yvonne Hinds noted that the event was two-fold as it not only helps to raise awareness and funds for the less fortunate but also provided an opportunity to thank the agency’s longstanding contributors for their unstinting supporting to the agency’s mission.

“Your support encourages and motivates the council to continue our humanitarian mission,” she said.

The agency, Hinds reiterated, continues to achieve their mandate via fundraising and donation exercises.

“Those of us who are involved in charitable work may be aware of the difficulty in raising charitable funds in a small society and reaching for help from the same sources… The past year has had its challenges, but no one who sought our services was turned away.” Hinds explained that this led to GRC introducing its ‘Back in Time’ barbeque in July of this year to garner more funds to cater for much-needed services provided by the Relief Council.

It was highlighted that so far for 2018, GRC has assisted 49 persons whose homes were destroyed by fire as well supported 33 persons in difficult circumstances on a monthly basis. The much-needed maintenance of ‘Yvonne Hinds Home of Hope’ was completed.

Consultant of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elizabeth Harper also shared a few inspirational words on “voluntarism,” and the invaluable contributions of GRC to all in need. “The GRC is driven by the spirit to do good despite whatever challenges it might face in striving to achieve its goals… So, it is important that we respond to the needs of those less fortunate than we are and so we must give more than just handouts,” Harper said.

GRC presented plaques to the several loyal supporters as a token of appreciation.

The 24-year-old non-profit organisation has been active in rendering much-needed assistance in all ten administrative regions of Guyana, to those affected by disasters of all kinds.

Neola Damon.

Images by Jules Gibson.