Wednesday 2 December, 2020

CADV donates $75,000 to five shelters against domestic violence

(L-R) Interim President of CADV, Carolyn Fifi; Team Lead Sandra Chin Yuen Kee; Treasurer of Myrtle's Place, Jadia Joseph; and Management Committee Member of The Shelter, Sherron Harford.

(L-R) Interim President of CADV, Carolyn Fifi; Team Lead Sandra Chin Yuen Kee; Treasurer of Myrtle's Place, Jadia Joseph; and Management Committee Member of The Shelter, Sherron Harford.

The Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV) has donated $75,000 to five non-governmental shelters in Trinidad.

The beneficiaries include Goshen House, Half Way House 2016, Myrtle’s Place, The Shelter for Battered Women and Children and Vision of Hope.

The money will be used to help these facilities maintain their operations in the midst of an increase in domestic violence during the pandeemic.

According to a statement issued on Thursday, the financial contribution was made possible due to the generosity of a group of friends led by Sandra Chin Yuen Kee who organised a Caribbean Pot Luck fundraiser. The event was cancelled due to COVID-19 but supporters still donated ticket sale proceeds to CADV.

Sherron Harford, management committee member of The Shelter, said CADV has made a significant contribution towards keeping the facility functioning. She indicated that the donation would be used to meet payroll expenses of employees and counsellors.

COVID-19 continues to present a challenging mix of reduced opportunities for event fundraising, contracted budgets and heightened costs. Due to this additional strain, many shelters face on-going challenges in maintaining operations and the risk of shutting their doors to persons desperately in need of safety and support.

CADV is therefore calling on all members of society to support its mission to eradicate domestic violence locally by giving of their time, talent or treasure. Interested parties can visit the CADV website at www.coalitionagainstdomesticviolence.org or their Facebook page T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Volunteers can also call 624-0402.

People in need of urgent assistance relative to domestic violence can reach CADV at its newly established hotlines 372-5637 or 367-4637.

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