We like to share what our members do in their various activities whether its via work or BPW. Marlene Hewitt, Senior Business Officer at the Ministry of International Business played an integral role in the Career Showcase and is also an active BPW Executive Member and the Coordinator of the BPW Crisis Centre.
Monthly Archives: October 2012
The Team Mikey Movement continues to reap success. Team Mikey donated funds from the sale of the Team Mikey T-shirts to the BPW Shelter & Crisis Centre, two major projects of BPW Barbados. BPW Barbados is grateful for the much needed funds for these projects and looks forward to working with Mikey as he continues his Unite to End Violence Against Women Campaign and other charity initiatives.
Included in the pictures are BPW President Marrianne Burnham and new member Gegetta Crookendale, who met BPW President through the Team Mikey Movement, of which she is a sponsor. BPW is happy to have Gegetta has part of the team!
Original Article – Oct 2- Barbados Today Online – http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2012/10/02/on-the-move-3/
On the move
Entertainer Michael Mikey Mercer handing over the cheque to President of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barbados, Marrianne Burnham.
Team Mikey is known as not just a charity but as a movement and they plan to keep moving way beyond the Crop-Over season.
Their hope is to stay away from being a “seasonal charity” and have future projects planned for Christmas and through 2013.
This morning at the Queen’s College School in Husbands, St. James while Chairman of the movement, Michael Mercer, presented President of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barbados, Marrianne Burnham, with a cheque of $3,700 he also revealed the next major project to be undertaken by Team Mikey.
While Mercer said their first project went considerably well, he noted they had only touched the surface of what they wanted to contribute to Barbados. They have many goals but their main aim was to push positive messages to the society hence their second project was born and its aim was to emphasise the value education.
The next major project Team Mikey will launch is a scholarship programme starting with the two schools which the Party and Sweet Soca Monarch said gave him his foundation: Wesley Hall and Queen’s College.
The programme was designed to offer some assistance to a child from each school for one academic year. Students will be required to write an essay on a proposed topic and the child adjudged with the winning essay will be awarded the prize. Each winner will receive a set of uniforms, school shoes, a school bag compliments of the Luggage Centre and a notebook or laptop. They will also have their school fees paid for the year and receive some assistance with their school books, Mercer said.
The scholarship was valued at $2,500 per child.
“Some may say that is not much but in times like these every little bit helps and it will go a long way.
Team Mikey is trying to help in any way they can. We are hoping that as time goes by, that we will get further assistance and we will be able to help the students even more. We hope some day that the programme will sponsor a student with a full tertiary scholarship.
“Many people take for granted the benefit of education and I think with our morals and our values, education plays a large part of the foundation of our lives. My education plays a tremendous part in my life and my work and I will forever be thankful for the teachers at Wesley Hall Infants and Junior School, Queen’s College, Barbados Community College and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. Along with providing me with a world class education these institutions have also installed in me many life lessons that I keep with me in my work. I am eternally grateful to my alma maters,” he said.
The Wesley Hall winner would be presented with his/her scholarship on October 12 while the Queen’s College winner would get his/her’s on October 26. Mercer added the charity hoped to make the venture an annual one with further plans to offer the scholarships to other schools as years go.
Acting Senior teacher at Wesley Hall Junior School, Anthony Foster as well as Acting Principal at the Queen’s College School, Juanita Wade were appreciative of the scholarship initiative.
Foster said he believed it would be beneficial to the students and it also demonstrated Mikey’s desire
to maintain a relation with his alma mater. Whereas Wade added that one of the school’s core values included establishing, in students, an enduring commitment to social service and civic responsibility and she was pleased to say that Mikey was fulfilling all of these goals.
During the Crop-Over festival, the charity produced a line of Team Mikey tee shirts which were sold to raise funds to assist the BPW to help with programmes at the Battered Women’s Shelter. They sold 241 of the tee shirts and the sales totalled $3,615. They also visited 10 children’s and senior citizen’s homes across the island and presented the residents with gift baskets. On Tuesdays, also during the festival, Warrens Connections held a series of limes where a Team Mikey barrel was placed to collect items to be donated to charities. (KC)
Original Article – Unite Caribbean & Latin America Website
|Team Mikey Gives Back in support of UNiTE|
Bridgetown Barbados: UNiTE artist Michael “Mikey” Mercer recently presented a generous donation in support of the shelter for victims of gender based violence in his native Barbados.
The artist, a successful title holder in the national calypso competitions of Barbados introduced the charity and fundraising and advocacy appeal earlier this year and the proceeds from the sale of “Team Mikey” tee-shirts BDS$3,700.00, were exclusively donated to the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados, the local organisation which runs the shelter.
In a radio interview during the advocacy outreach, Mikey said it has never been and can no longer be acceptable where violence is seen as love.
An association which began in 2010, Mikey is a part of a network of artists across Latin America and the Caribbean who are calling attention to the right of women and girls to be safe in their homes, communities, workplaces – whatever spaces they find themselves in.
President of the BPW Marianne Burnham in thanking Mikey noted that the funds would were a great fillip to their Crisis Centre hotline and shelter programme which offers short term stay to women and children and also assists the women as they transition back into society.
Ms. Burnham noted that violence against women is often seen as an uncomfortable subject and she noted that through the sensitisation Mikey received as a result of attending workshops in Barbados and overseas under the aegis of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign, he is bringing greater awareness to the issue.
From Barbados Today’s website:
Helping hand for women
President of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barbados, Marrianne Burnham
The Business & Professional Women’s Club of Barbados was established to lend support to battered women and their families, and today they were given some much needed financial support to continue their work.
This morning entertainer, Michael Mikey Mercer on behalf of Team Mikey presented President of the Club, Marrianne Burnham with a cheque worth $3,700.
The funds were raised through an initiative by Team Mikey where, during the Crop-Over Festival 2012, they designed and produced Team Mikey branded tee shirts which went on sale. Two hundred and forty one of the tees shirts were sold, which totalled $3,615 and through further donations the amount was rounded to $3,700.
Burnham used the opportunity to thank Team Mikey for their decision to focus on the campaign to end violence against women. She said that violence against women was a very sensitive issue, one which a lot of people were not comfortable talking about nevertheless, Mikey was brave enough to approach the subject and use his “celebrity” and training through the UN Women’s United To End Violence programme to raise awareness on it.
Within the BPW there is a shelter programme and a crisis centre.
The crisis centre was established in 1999 and it runs a 24 hour hot line.
The hotline was used by victims of violence, those who need counselling or a hot line to report a life threatening situation. It was also used as a means to contact Police or contact the safe house, which is the shelter. The crisis centre also does public advocacy, in terms of spreading awareness about violence against women and anti-violence programmes in general. It does outreach with women, children, men against violence, support policy, promotions for policies related to violence and sexual assault and children’s protection.
She said the funds would go a long way and would be used to conduct programmes within the actual shelter.
“It is a place where women can have a short time stay to be protected from their perpetrators. We house both women and children; around 25 and 35 women and children and this is where we provide counselling, food, shelter, bus fare, school support, educational support. Actually it goes along with a lot of what Mikey will be doing now to support children with school bags and things like that.
“It is very important what these funds will be doing to support both the women and children there. Also the funds will go towards women who have to leave the shelter and are striking out on their own. It might not be safe for them to go back to the house of abuse and perhaps are now paying their own rent and send school their children on their own. So the funds will also help with that particular programme, that transitioning period where the women need a lot of support.
“We would like to thank Mikey and Team Mikey for choosing the BPW Shelter and Crisis centre projects as part of their focus to unite to end violence against are women campaign. [We] recognise not only the effort of the Team Mikey and but the efforts of his fans and supporters who have actually purchased the tee shirts to show their support of the cause,” she said. (KC)
Original Article – Barbados Today Online – http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2012/10/03/helping-hand-for-women/