In order to raise funds that would help the administrators of the Children’s Home to cater to the needs of the children there, the university students organized an event that they called Fast-a-Thon, which saw a number of them agreeing to go hungry for one day, so that someone else will not have to, said an association spokesperson.
Each participant who took part signed pledge cards to abstain from food and drink from dawn until dusk, on the selected day. At the end of the day, students and staff who participated in the day-long venture were invited to break their fast by having dinner at the Asian Bistro in Frigate Bay.
For the students who fasted, the Muslim Student Association donated five dollars (EC$5) and for each Professor or Faculty member, twenty dollars (EC$20) on their behalf to St. Christopher’s Children Home (SCCH).
In addition over one hundred and fifty (150) students gathered at the Copper Chimney Restaurant, in Frigate Bay, for a Fast-A-Thon fundraising dinner.
The dinner was addressed by the incoming president of the MSA, Mr. Usman Hamid, and Vijay Ahlawat, the past President of the Windsor University Student Association.
The highlight of the occasion was an in-depth and thought-provoking speech delivered by Ammar Ali, the outgoing MSA president, who spoke of the impact of the hunger crisis in Africa, and emphasized on the importance of giving to the less fortunate. He challenged the attendees continue to give selflessly of their time and services, to make the world a better place to live.
Immediately following the well received presentation, remarks were given by Mr. Sebastian Mottram, Chairperson of the St. Christopher Children’s Home (SCCH), who commended the organizers and expressed words of appreciation for their charitable consideration.
“On my own behalf, and the Board of the St. Christopher Children’s Home, we are very pleased that you have put this activity together. Thank you for your generosity. Our funding to manage the day-to-day operations of the Home comes purely from voluntary donations. Therefore, this bighearted gesture is very much appreciated and will definitely go a long way in helping us continue to meet the needs of our children,” said Mottram.
In response, Mr. Hamid thanked Mottram for his kind words and wished him every success as he continues to make a difference in the lives of children across St. Kitts.
“Thank you for your kind words. We are very pleased to play our part in helping to advance the causes of the St. Christopher Children’s Home. We wish you every success, especially as you broaden the horizons of the children who are in your care,” remarked Hamid.
Also present were several members of the SCCH Board, Ms. Cheryl Wells, Home Administrator, and other students who attended to fully support the venture.
The university based activity was made possible with the corporate assistance of the RAMS Group of Companies. It coincides with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
It is the month The of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual intimacy with their partners during daylight hours and is intended to teach the importance -of patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.
The St. Christopher Children’s Home was constructed and established by the St. Christopher Children’s Home and Service League Association Limited, which was developed in September 1935. The Children’s Home was officially opened in January 1950. The home is a place of safety for children, up to nineteen (19) years of age, who are at risk in the Community and who do not otherwise have a place to live. The Home relies entirely for its funding on voluntary donations and corporate sponsorship.