The UK Women’s Club of Trinidad & Tobago (UKWC) will be hosting a Diamond Jubilee Gala Ball Fundraiser to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne. The Ball will be held on Saturday June 9th 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This event also coincides with other events that are occurring in the United Kingdom which are planned for the first weekend of June, which is the anniversary of Elizabeth’s coronation. The UKWC also have the involvement of Brian McFarlane, renowned Band Leader and event organizer extraordinaire who is assisting with the management of entertainment and décor, and the buzz is that this gala Ball promises to be a unique experience for all guests. Invitations have already been extended to Commonwealth Countries and Countries closely associated with the United Kingdom and represented in Trinidad, to participate by showcasing their countries in display booths on the night. Additionally, a Piper has been very kindly loaned to the UKWC from the London Scottish Regimental Band – and he will be flown in for this event to escort the dignitaries and guests into the reception area. There are lots of fabulous door prizes and treasure pieces for the live auction.
UKWC – Who we are
Formed in 1967, the United Kingdom Women’s Club (UKWC) strives to promote friendship/fellowship amongst its members and to support and subscribe to charitable or public bodies, institutions and societies for the benefit of the poor, underprivileged, the sick, infirm and needy in Trinidad and Tobago. Over the years, we have built up a wide and varied membership of long and short-term residents of the Republic who can draw from each other for help and support whatever the occasion. Since the establishment of the Club in 1967, the UKWC with the help of their devoted and generous sponsors, have donated in excess of TT$4million to many deserving charities in Trinidad and Tobago.
The UKWC - a tradition of helping people
The UKWC has been able to help many organisations over the years. The requests ranged from recorders so a school may start music lessons to supplying food so hundreds of persons in need could enjoy a good meal at Christmas time, to replacing windows and ceilings so that children could sleep dry and safe in their beds. Each and every application received is given the utmost consideration by our Welfare Committee, who adheres to a strict procedure for the distribution of all funds raised by the UKWC. This year, a substantial portion of the proceeds from this fundraising event will be used to assist the Princess Elizabeth Center for differently-abled children. The Club’s focus has followed on closely from the plea made by Princess Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, during her Trinidad visit, to give more assistance to this institution.
A very special story
As a further spin off of the UKWC’s activities, a few years ago, The Gordon School of Dance was invited to perform at the UK Women’s Club St Andrew’s Ball. The Club also arranged for the Dancers to entertain other organisations as a treat to children. It was during one of these trips with her dancers that the Principal of the Dance School first met a special five year old student, who was born without ears while on a visit to Christchild Orphanage in Trinidad. The student has now received cosmetic surgery to create them through the kindness, generosity and tenacity of the Principal of the Gordon School of Dance.