The Kiwanis Club of Providenciales donated $5,800 to the HOPE Foundation for Autism from funds raised between that organization and its junior club the Circle K.
The donation was made on Wednesday (July 16, 2014) in the Misick and Stanbrook law firm Conference Room off the Leeward Highway in Providenciales.
Gordon Burton, President-elect of the Providenciales Kiwanis Club explained that the presentation was realized after Almando Rigby, Public Relations Officer for the HOPE Foundation for Autism, made a presentation to the club last year on the plans they have for tackling the disorder, seeing that he and his wife also have a son who is autistic.
“Mr. Rigby and his wife approached us last year – he made a presentation to the club – and they told us all about their foundation, which is for autism. We were moved by their story because they have a son who is autistic, and so we decided that the club would have a fundraising exercise and that that the funds raised would be donated to the foundation.
“We normally have a raffle for community projects which was held in June; the drawing was done on June 12. We were then able to raise $6,500, and we decided to donate $5,000 of that to the foundation,” Burton explained.
He said that the Circle K, had its own fundraiser, and the funds raised was presented to the Kiwanis Club, which then passed it on to the Hope Foundation for Autism.
“The Circle K is actually the junior arm of the Kiwanis Club. They are mostly college students, they are with the community college, and they had a fundraising on April 5th. They raised $811 and they gave the funds to us,” Burton explained.
Burton noted that not only is the club happy to make the presentation but equally elated that Rigby is now a member of the organization.
Rigby, in response, said that the funds would go towards setting up of an autistic classroom at the MILLS Institute on Providenciales. He said that professionals have already been identified and committed to fly into the TCI from New York to set up the classroom and to train local teachers.
“I am ecstatic, and for the HOPE Foundation, this is the money that we would use towards our projects. The major project that we have now is to create the first autism classroom in the Turks and Caicos. We already have some donations towards that, and these funds would go towards outfitting the classroom and training the teachers that would be teaching the class,” Rigby said.
Rigby added: “It will be at the MILLS Institute run by Dr. Carlton Mills and his wife (Debbie). They are both excited for the project. Right now we are in the phase of creating a business plan and so on. We have already had three PhD experts on autism that came to the TCI to carry out assessments a few weeks ago. They write curricula for the New York Public School, and they are going to be the ones who will offer their services to write the curricula for the autism classroom here, and to also help us design the classroom and train the teachers.”
Republished from SUN TCI