WindReach Receive $10K In Cash Back Program

November 20, 2016

WindReach was the latest Ca‎sh Back for Communities recipient, when the Minister of National Security Jeffrey Baron presented $10,000 to the charity on Friday.

Minister Baron said, “I had the privilege of spending some time at WindReach recently to see the critical and specialised services they provide for some very incredible young people in our community.

Samantha Talbot [Assistant Stable Manager], Lori Talbot [volunteer], Tammalita Astwood [Fund Development Manager], Minister Baron, Erica Fulton [Executive Director], Chiharu Astwood [volunteer].

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“The management and volunteers at WindReach do such exceptional and meaningful work, and their dedication and enthusiasm was heart warming to see,” the Minister added.

“So, it was gratifying to provide them with a donation to go towards helping them continue their important services. I want to stress that WindReach welcomes volunteers, and I want to encourage our community to support their efforts through the donation of their time.”

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The Cash Back programme was highlighted in this year’s Throne Speech, saying: “Government will continue supporting communities, sports clubs and helping agencies through Cash Back for Communities, a programme made possible by the passage of the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act, which came into effect in September 2015.

“To date, more than $600,000 has been distributed in support of community organizations and programmes through this helpful initiative.”

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WindReach is a fully-accessible four-acre facility located in Warwick, featuring a multi-purpose activity centre, petting zoo, nature trail, therapeutic riding centre and a playground.

WindReach is unique in that it offers a variety of therapeutic and educational experiences for people with physical and intellectual challenges as well as those living with mental health conditions.

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WindReach has on average 200 people per week benefitting from its offerings, with their programmes including Life Skills, Therapeutic Riding, Adaptive Sports, and Seniors’ Activities.

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  1. mmm says:

    I think it is simply great that money has been donated, and the funding comes from the proceeds of crime act….and not the taxpayer…

  2. Community First says:

    A worthy recipient of funding – Windreach consistently offers programmes for all of Bermuda – supported through a combination of dignity and respect.

    Minister Baron has chosen well as this group creates so many layers of connection with meaning for our community.

    A very special place indeed.

  3. moonbeam says:

    WindReach is indeed worthy of any donations they receive. They provide a unique service to many who would otherwise not be able to participate in the services they provide. Thank you Minister Baron for recognizing the importance of their programs. Paralympian Jessica Lewis is a prefect example of the success of their programs. WindReach was her ‘starting point’, and I know she will be forever grateful to them for their guidance and encouragement.