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Tomorrow’s events depend on today’s actions

Marielle’s charity campaign, entitled The Tomorrow Project is designed to educate, empower and enable – helping to create a better tomorrow for disadvantaged and severely brain injured children in Barbados.

There are close to 3000 severely brain injured children in Barbados and every year the number increases. Unfortunately, Barbados does not have the resources in the form of wheelchair suppliers and specialists to meet the needs of each child. Nor is there an orthopaedic surgeon whose expertise lies in performing the necessary surgeries on brain-injured children.

Through the Tomorrow Project, Marielle works to create public awareness of the plight of these children and their families, raising funds through charitable events and personal and corporate donations. The funds help these families pay for the kind of specialized treatment, equipment, supplies and care that are so vital on a day-to-day basis. In many cases, it’s single mothers who carry the burden – unable to work because they can’t leave their child alone. The financial pressure is enormous, and the emotional strain is simply indescribable.


Over the past year, Marielle has been dedicated to raising funds for The Because Of Jenna Trust (a registered local charity dedicated to easing the suffering of severely brain-injured children in Barbados and improving their quality of life) thus enabling the trust to continue “creating a better tomorrow” for these very special children.


In October 2011 she organized a fund raising “concert-by-the sea” called Jammin’ for Tomorrow – a highly successful evening of entertainment involving over ten of the island’s top bands and entertainers all of whom performed free of charge, with ALL proceeds from the event donated to the Because of Jenna Trust. Because of its huge success Jammin’ for Tomorrow will now be an annual fundraiser on the island’s calendar of events.

As a surfer herself, Marielle garnered the support of the island’s waterman community for her Paddle for Tomorrow fundraising event which took place in May this year, this event was the first of its kind ever to be held in Barbados and took the form of a sponsored paddle along the south coast of the island. Marielle was joined by hundreds of Barbadians who came out to show their support, create awareness and raise funds for the Because of Jenna Trust. It was quite a spectacle, in the waters off the south coast, to witness all the paddlers on surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfers, kayaks, boggie boards and there were even two female swimmers who swam the distance! This too will now be an annual fundraising event, with even more support expected in the years ahead.


In the past year The Tomorrow Project has raised close to $20,000 for the Because of Jenna Trust, enabling them to continue creating a better tomorrow and ease the suffering of these children and their families.

Marielle’s long term vision for the Tomorrow Project is to branch out into other areas, such as special needs day care centres with trained caregivers, enabling single mothers to go out to work, safe in the knowledge that their child is in professional hands.


Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.

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