Barbados Ball will fund scholarships, HIV/AIDS programs

In support of Barbados Ball Canada Aid (BBCA), the 6th annual Barbados Charity Ball will be held this Saturday, June 13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, at 6 p.m. The event, dubbed “Sunset in Barbados, Indulge Your Senses,” will help raise funds to provide scholarships for Barbadians attending Canadian post-secondary institutions and programs that support HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

This year, the Barbados Charity Ball will celebrate the achievements of McMaster University professor and scientist, Dr. Juliet Daniel, who will receive the Errol Walton Barrow Award for outstanding achievements in cancer research and community service. Dr. Daniel has volunteered for a number of non-profit and charitable organizations, and is responsible for having discovered a new gene she named, “Kaiso,” whose mis-expression in human tumors may contribute to tumor progression.

The guest speaker at this year’s Ball will be Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. In 1990, Dr. Alleyne was made Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to medicine, and in 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community for his dedication to improving the standard of health care in the region.

Tickets are $200 each, and include dinner, door prizes and live music. Guests will be entertained by eight-time Barbados calypso monarch, Red Plastic Bag, jazz musician Arturo Tappin and Juno Award-winner, Eddie Bullen, among others.

The Barbados Charity Ball is the main fundraising event for Barbados Ball Canada Aid and is organized in partnership with the Barbados Country Team (members of the Barbados High Commission and Barbados Consulate at Toronto).

For more information and tickets, contact Peggy Murray at 416-614-3143, Joan Rowe at 416-756-1070 or Jessica Carrington at 905-472-1188.

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