Family Community Day Was A ‘Great Success’

October 25, 2019

The Centre on Philanthropy hosted their annual Family Community Day at the Victoria Park on Sunday, October 13th.

A spokesperson said, “Volunteering met family fun at the Victoria Park on Sunday, October 13th. The 8th Annual Family Community Day presented by The Centre on Philanthropy was generously sponsored by Allied World [a Fairfax Company]. There was great weather [although there was a rain shower that did not scare anyone away] and attendance of just over 700 families [including 248 children] who enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of learning about the non-profits that service our community!

“The families learned the joy of giving back and the many services our non-profits provide to the community. They also learned about future volunteering opportunities available to them.

“The Centre on Philanthropy’s staff supported by Allied World’s staff and volunteer teams went into full action to make the day a tremendous success.

Live video replay of Centre on Philanthropy Family Community Day held on October 13

“The Allied World Family Community Day is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend quality time together while learning about local charities. Children learn compassion and community awareness and together families are building the foundation of volunteerism for the next generation,” said Colm Singleton, Head of Allied World’s Bermuda office.

“This was Allied World’s 5th year sponsoring this great event with the Centre for Philanthropy and we are proud of the good spirit it fosters. Members from our office were on-site, volunteering to make the event fun and meaningful to our participants.”

“Shirlene White, Community and Engagement Coordinator of The Centre on Philanthropy stated: “When people volunteer, especially when you start at a young age, you learn what you are passionate about and when you learn that you will never work a day in your life because you will enjoy what you are doing.”

“Volunteering is also very important for the community and for the non-profit organisations because we work with such a minimal staff. We wouldn’t be able to do half of the things that we do without our volunteers.”

Ms White also said there was always a need for volunteers and opportunities on the island are published online at

She said, “21 non-profit organisations participated in the afternoon of activity and fun which included the Bermuda Organ Donor Association, Special Olympics Bermuda, Focus Counselling Services, Family Centre, Tomorrow’s Voices, Coalition for the Protection of Children, A New Life, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters, S.T.A.R., WindReach, Masterworks Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Bermuda Sloop Foundation/Spirit of Bermuda, Inspire Bermuda, The Mirrors Programme, Centre Against Abuse, Chewstick, Noire Youth Theatre Company and, of course, The Centre on Philanthropy.

“There were Fun Castles, Face Painting, a great variety of music provided by CSI Muzick. A Zumba demonstration by The Athletic Club, Song and spoken word by Noire Youth Theatre Company and The Bermuda Jump Rope Federation and RATED E showed us their skills. G Whiz displayed his talent with his Balloon and Magic Show. The Minute to Minute games were a hit with the children and some of the adults of course.

“We all feasted on Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Dandydonuts, SnowBalls and we feasted on lunch provided by Carlos Catering. Thank You all for your support!”

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