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  • Writer's pictureRichard Blades

Organization - It's in the details

The success of an organization benefits from the attention paid to the details. This is known first hand by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Barbados; who have come a very long way within a short time frame.

Has it been easy? No! Not by any stretch of the imagination. The achievements of the Cffb have come about as a result of the tireless efforts of the leadership and the volunteers. Throughout the year, there are constant meetings and communication where ideas, techniques, goals, and programs are shared among the team; just so the organization can remain relevant within a rapidly evolving environment.

Currently, we are planning this years walk which is becoming bigger annually due to recognition by individuals and corporate Barbados, who welcome the opportunity to participate. They look forward to the great time that they will have while supporting a worthy cause; helping those who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis [CF] be able to gain access to medical care and attention.

Care for CF is expensive and not readily available on island. None of the families of those who have it can afford the health care costs; which not only include medication and doctor visits, but airfare, accommodation overseas, and living expenses for the children and at least one adult to accompany them.

Other fundraisers during the year formerly included the gala dinner, which is currently under review as we seek to bring a new experience to the supporting public as we seek their continued support. Yes there are smaller fundraisers dotted throughout the year as well; and ideas are constantly sought so that we do not become stale in our appeal.

It is hard work, and the volunteers quite supportive and they deserve every ounce of respect and gratitude for offering the help that they have been giving.

We are currently revising the ways that we work with those volunteers who come via the school program CCSLC. We want the volunteers who come through this program to have well rounded skills included their presentation, speaking, and writing development. We believe that this would help them prepare for their roles when they leave the school system and embark on the work environment, a way of saying thank you for their support in fighting CF.

At the end of the day, we want to be organized and well coordinated, so that individuals and organizations enjoy interacting with us as we strive to find a cure for CF.

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