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Rotary Club President: Inability to raise funds is totally vindicated

Newly elected President of the Rotary Club of Grenada Henry Joseph

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the restrictions that came with it locally, has significantly affected the ability of the Rotary Club of Grenada, to raise funds to support its cause this year.

That’s according to the Club’s newly elected President, Henry Joseph, Managing Partner with the accounting firm, Pannell Kerr Forster, who shared how the pandemic has affected the Club’s ability to raise funds to support its cause.

Rotary Grenada is part of an international service organisation comprising business and professional leaders seeking to provide humanitarian service and advance goodwill and peace throughout the world.

In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY last Saturday, Joseph said, “We are dependent on getting funds from donors,” and that the Club would “normally raise funds (but) we are not in a position to raise funds in the community because of social distancing and of course, you couldn’t have any major activity.

“So, you would find that this year our ability to raise funds was totally vindicated,” he added.

According to Joseph, the Club “may not be able to raise any (funds) for the rest of the current year.”

However, he said that while “funds are extremely limited,” there is one project in the pipeline, the construction of toilet facilities at Quarantine Point, which he holds dear to his heart.

“We have had a lot of discussions and debate about it and it’s finally coming to fruition – we are finally constructing the ‘toilets only’ in Quarantine Point,” he said, noting that this is usually the venue for Rotary’s annual Carols by Candlelight event, which is now into its 12th year.

“We normally have the Carols by Candlelight there and of course we have rented out the place because we have a lease on the land from the government,” Joseph added, pointing out that the toilets had to be ready by November 15,” in time to accommodate the re-commencement of activities at the venue.

He explained that there will be a show held at Quarantine Point “but with a limited number of people”.

“Normally (for) Carol by Candlelight we will have about 2, 500 people there but we are going to cut it down with social distancing so, on one night we will probably have about 250 people; no more than that,” said the Rotary Club President.

He said the next move will be to erect a building on the property.

“…We are really hoping that we can sell a property we have and start construction (of the building at Quarantine Point) sometime next year,” said Joseph, whose 1-year presidency started on July 1 and will run until June 30, 2021.

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