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Story and photos by Sean Nero
Maureen Murray, left, from the Rape Crisis Society;
Susie Phillips, immediate past president, CWC; and
Arlene Thomson, club secretary.
Sharon Hepburn, left, with
Latchmie Persad, co-founder/manager,
Angels of Earth Foundation, with
Fr Clyde Harvey representing the Morris
Marshall Development Foundation.
CWC members Camille Hyatali, left, Felicia Joseph, Sandra Carrington, and
Tricia Ng-A-Mann, left, president of CWC, with Lynne Murray and Canadian
High Commissioner Gerard Latulippe.
CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER Gerard
Latulippe says that the efforts of the Canadian
Women's Club (CWC) of T&T to embark on
fund-raising initiatives was proof that charity
begins at home. Their projects help generate
funds that aid local groups, and impact posi-
tively on society.
The diplomat was speaking at the CWC's
grant presentation ceremony, held on May 29
at the President's Box at the Queen's Park
Through the staging of various events, the
progressive women's outfit raised $84,000,
which was donated to nine charities.
They are the Morris Marshall Development
Foundation; The Cluny Project for the Needy;
Rock of Ages Geriatric Home; St Ann's/Cas-
cade Motivational Programme; and St James
Police Youth Club. Angels of Earth Foundation,
the Rape Crisis Society, Childline and Namdaye
Shah were the other recipients.
Latulippe said, "This function here today defi-
nitely demonstrates that this principle is being
put into practice as you, the members of the
CWC, give back to those in need. I am sure that
(if) many of you all were you back in Canada,
you would be volunteering in some form or an-
other, giving back to society. How wonderful it
is that you can do the same here, in this twin-
island Republic, your home away from home.
Charity knows no boundaries, so every meas-
ure that you give will come back to you ten-
fold, no matter where in the world you are."
He added, "In my capacity as the representa-
tive of the Government of Canada, on the
ground here in T&T, I am heartened to know
that my fellow Canadian citizens are working
in such a positive way to make a difference in
the lives of so many people in the Trinbago so-
ciety as a whole. I am aware that most of the
events which you host are designed to raise
funds and support locally recognised charities
and individual welfare cases."
Latulippe noted that the club's commitment to
social causes locally dated back to 1973, and it
began with the sponsorship of local children,
focusing on education and treating with the
issue of special needs.
In his view, the CWC's focus on children's
needs remained unswerving, and the number
of children's organisation listed to receive
grants was testimony to the club's specific
"This focus is in direct keeping with the Gov-
ernment of Canada's focus on the rights of the
child. It is because of the unique vulnerability
of children that their rights are of priority con-
cern within Canada's foreign policy. Canada
played a key role in the negotiations that led to
the adoption in 1989 of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child. This
Convention, which is the most widely and rap-
idly ratified of the core international human
rights treaties, together with its two optional
protocols (the Optional Protocol on Children in
Armed conflict and on the Optional Protocol
on the sale of Children, Child Prostitution and
Child Pornography) provides a solid foundation
for the protection of children's rights world-
wide," he said.
Latulippe added, "I am also aware of the
women's groups, youth groups and NGOs who
focus on the at-risk sector of the population
will also be beneficiaries of funding today. I
want to commend and applaud the CWC for
their tireless efforts to bring relief, no matter
how small, to these groups, for whom this con-
tribution can prove to be a lifeline in these dif-
ficult times. You all have become richer in mind
and in spirit for your continued efforts to alle-
viate the circumstances of those in a lesser po-
sition than you."
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