The Miss World BVI organisation officially kicked off its 2017 activities “with a purpose” on March 29 by handing over a cheque to the “Have A Heart Foundation” which raises funds in support of the Rainbow Children's Home. In furtherance of its effort to focus heavily on the “Beauty With a Purpose” mantra of the organization the Miss World BVI Committee, and its Philanthropic Partner Caribbean Insurers LTD made the presentation to Ms. Eileen Bourke, Founder of the Have A Heart Foundation.
Have A Heart was established in January this year in response to a need that Ms. Burke identified. While explaining her decision the Founder said: "In a visit to the home I realized it's not just about giving the children clothes and food, I wanted to see what they need. While we know that the government does a lot, they can't do everything, and so we are doing our part to help the wonderful occupants and staff of the Rainbow Children's home...The money will go towards the purchase of a brand new stove. It is badly needed and it will be purchased locally so that they can have a warranty."
Since its inception the Foundation has been hard at work trying to meet the need that prompted its establishment: “The Have A Heart foundation has already done some work to improve the aesthetics of the home by replacing the windows of the home and will move on to repairing the fans, gardening and provide much needed supplies to the children of the home,” the Founder mentioned.
In order to fund the identified projects the Foundation will be collaborating with Mi Amor jewelry store to conduct a raffle to raise money. In support, persons can go to the Mi Amor store to make a contribution, monetary or in kind. Names will be entered for a chance to win a beautiful diamond heart necklace worth $2500.00. The raffle will run through to December this year.
Damion Grange, Chair of the Miss World BVI Committee while explaining the decision to make the presentation pointed out that the noble nature of the Foundation appealed not only to the Miss World BVI organization, but it’s philanthropic partner CIL as well: "The DNA of our organization is Philanthropy, and so when we heard about the initiative, we knew we wanted to be a part of it. We particularly liked the fact that the impact is immediate, as the contribution goes to addressing the current needs of the Rainbow Children's Home.”
Over the years Caribbean Insurers continues to exhibit good corporate citizenship by supporting various community focused initiatives. The company is very touched by the efforts of the Have A Heart Foundation and Brian Jermyn, Managing Director of Caribbean Insurers LTD demonstrated the company’s support at the handover ceremony.
Reigning Miss World BVI - Kadia Turnbull was also present for the short presentation and offered her support to the Foundation. Ms. Turnbull said: "It is true that the Miss World BVI committee is committed to making a difference and so we are happy to partner with Mi Amor and Have A Heart on this wonderful initiative. Projects such as these are a true reflection of Beauty With a Purpose, which is what we are about."