Chukka Foundation, Hanover Charities raise US$40,000 from charity event

Thursday, June 07, 2018

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ROUND HILL, Hanover — The Chukka Foundation and Hanover Charities have raised approximately US$40,000 during the annual Polo Charity fund-raiser held at the Chukka grounds in Sandy Bay in February, which saw over 400 people in attendance.

“This year the gross figure we raised was US$40,000 and that's a lot for this one event,” Katrin Casserly, chairman of Hanover Charities, revealed.

After clearing up expenses incurred from the staging of the event, the two charitable organisations each received $1.4 million, which will go towards their various programmes.

The cheque presentations were made during a recent handover function held at Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Hanover.

The two organisations have staged events in the past to support various education and community projects.

The main fund-raiser for Hanover Charities is the annual Sugarcane Ball, but according to Casserly, they also team up with Chukka to stage the polo game event annually.

“A few years ago I said to John (Byles)… our Sugarcane Ball is such a great success at Round Hill every year, but we are almost reaching a ceiling in raising money. We need to find another avenue to raise funds for Hanover Charities. We have done a few successful polo events in Sandy Bay and we said this year let's do a really grand one. We really had a fantastic event,” Casserly reflected.

In the past, Chukka Foundation, the charitable arm of Chukka Caribbean, has assisted the Lucea Infant School, Chester Basic School, Sandy Bay Basic School, The Montego Bay Animal Haven, ICC Beach Clean Up programmes, among others.

The foundation has also provided scholarships for local students annually in various communities.

Volunteers play a great part in the fund-raising events of the charity organisations and during the handover ceremony Sheona Muschett, Chukka Foundation's manager, highlighted the values of volunteerism.

She also hailed the sponsors for their involvement in the fund-raisers.

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