Dr Safeeya Mohammed
The Rotary Club of Maraval recently hosted its Bridgerton-themed high tea event for its 30th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser at Mille Fleurs. Extravagantly adorned in Regency-era fashion, patrons were surrounded by magnificent artwork on exhibit and those on auction from local artists. They were serenaded by the T&T Youth Philharmonic orchestra.
The club, through its collaboration with the Art Society of T&T, created a special anniversary catalogue of artwork, featuring works from Boscoe Holder, Peter Sheppard, Rotarian Fitzroy Hoyte and a myriad of artists. Art pieces from the catalogue are available until the end of May for purchase.
Patrons were encouraged to explore the Regency era fashion and they did not disappoint as many were considered for best dressed! The winners were Oleisa Scott, Nicole Pollonais-Henry, James Devers and John Lewis.
The proceeds of the event and a portion of the art sales go towards supporting the Club’s community service projects with a focus on special causes such as peace and women empowerment.
Among its signature projects, the Club has also had a long relationship with supporting the prison community. This first started through the provision of eye testing and glasses for the prisoners at the Maximum Security Prison for over 20 years through an established optometrists team, repeat donation of feminine hygiene products to the Women’s Prison and its upcoming initiative to provide conflict resolution services to residents of the Women’s Prison.
Past presidents of the club Giselle Holder and Marcia Prince Assam highlighted the Rotary organisation’s focus on “Service Above Self” and its renewed commitment each year to continue serving the community.