World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day 2015

TCAAF COMMEMORATES WORLD AIDS DAY WITH A COCKTAIL PARTY AT SEVEN STARS AND PROMOTES WAD 2015 THEME: “GETTING TO ZERO”

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 –  World AIDS Day is commemorated annually on December 1st around the world and provides an opportunity for us to unite in the fight against HIV, remember those who have died and strengthen our efforts in the battle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero” This theme, echoes the UNAIDS vision of achieving “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.” This year the Turks and Caicos AIDS Awareness Foundation (TCAAF) hosted a Cocktail party at Seven Stars to promote this theme, raise awareness, remember those who died and support the people who are living with HIV/AIDS in the TCI.

“I call upon all of us to stop discriminating against persons infected with HIV. World AIDS Day serves as a time to renew our collective community. We should not discriminate against fellow human beings irrespective of race, religion or health status. Let us focus on prevention and education as well as remembrance of those who have died and support for those infected,” said Hon. Galmo Williams, patron, founder and director of the Turks and Caicos AIDS Awareness Foundation. Guests in attendance of the cocktail party were entertained live by Crystal Charles and members of the Towers of Babel. Former Coordinator of the National HIV Prevention Unit Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones, was honoured for her dedication and works in the field of HIV/AIDS in the TCI and Goldsmith was honoured for their continued support to the Foundation.

 

In 2016, TCAAF anticipates, continued works in partnership with the National HIV Prevention Unit, strengthening local services to the people living with HIV/AIDS, eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination and preventing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths

About the TCAAF
The TCAAF is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 2003 to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands and its rippling, negative effects on the community through increased education and awareness. The TCAAF dedicates its time to fundraising efforts to implement informative and fun programs that engage young people and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS. The flagship project of the TCAAF is currently the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre. To support the organization, please call 333-4752 for details.

 

 

TCAAF Surf & Turf Night Raises $36,000

APPROXIMATELY $36,000 DONATED TO TURKS & CAICOS AIDS AWARENESS FOUNDATION (TCAAF) FROM “SURF & TURF” CHARITY HORSERACING NIGHT

Monday, November 23, 2015 –   The annual “Surf & Turf” fundraising event, sponsored by PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Opus, resulted in approximately $36,000 being donated to the Turks & Caicos AIDS Awareness Foundation (TCAAF).

A wide cross-section of the local community came out for a fun and unique event where guests enjoyed family style dinner, complimentary wine and had a chance to make money by betting on pre-taped horse races that were announced live by Mr. Larry Collmus, voice of the Triple Crown and new voice of New York Racing Association. The evening culminated with a Calcutta style auction of horses with the winning bids combined to form the payout for Win, Place and Show and the owners naming their horses. This year the champion’s trophy was awarded to Galmo Williams whose horse “Bambam” beat out “Daxie’s Cummin” owned by HAB Group and “Ghostface” owned by Tony Garland to take the top spot.   All three winners that placed donated their winnings back, making the TCAAF the biggest winner of all.

“We can’t express our gratitude and appreciation enough to the PWC family, sponsors, volunteers and the participants of this event,” said Galmo Williams, Patron of the TCAAF. “It was a fantastic charity event and fun was had by all in attendance.” All proceeds from the “Surf & Turf” will go to fund the TCAAF and the Programs at the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre in Downtown, Providenciales. The Centre has been in operation for over 6 years now and has seen over 1600 children pass through its doors. The Youth Centre lets us reach a key demographic to increase awareness and education – not only about HIV/AIDS but about all kinds of life skills while also providing them with a safe, fun environment to meet friends, receive counseling and develop new skills.

026_HorseRaces_09390The last race of the evening, the “Turks & Caicos Derby” sponsored by PWC gave top bidders the chance to buy their own race horse. Everyone got caught up in the spirit of giving and many people donated their winnings from the races back to the charity. A percentage of all bets made during the evening as well as the funds from ticket sales were donated to the TCAAF.

In addition to the headline sponsors, the Wine Cellar and Hemingways donated prizes and several bottles of wine which were enjoyed by guests and the following companies purchased tables and/or races: Bordier International Bank, HAB Group, Olympic Construction, Miller Simons O’Sullivan, PWC, Scotiabank, Seven Stars, Gilley’s Enterprise, The Claymore Group, Herzog Caribbean, British Caribbean Bank, RBC, Forbes & Forbes Ltd. and Casablanca Casino.

About the TCAAF
The TCAAF is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 2003 to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands and its rippling, negative effects on the community through increased education and awareness. The TCAAF dedicates its time to fundraising efforts to implement informative and fun programs that engage young people and dispel myths about HIV/AIDS. The flagship project of the TCAAF is currently the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre. To support the organization, please call 333-4752 for details.

 

 

 

TCAAF Works with National HIV Prevention Unit

THE TURKS & CAICOS AIDS AWARENESS FOUNDATION (TCAAF) COMMITTED TO CONTINUING WORKS WITH THE NATIONAL HIV PREVENTION UNIT AND EMPOWERING THOSE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN THE TCI

The TCAAF is a non-profit organization founded in December of 2003 by a group of individuals who lost friends and/or family members to AIDS. The TCAAF is funded entirely through donations and the mission of the organization is to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS. In our belief, providing necessary community assistance and participation will affect positive lifestyle and behavioural changes. Through successful fundraising efforts such as our annual Jadot Cup Golf Tournament, “Surf and Turf” Horse Racing Night and our World AIDS Day Cocktail party, the TCAAF has been able to successfully build the Edward Gartland Youth Centre to arm our youths with information, skills training, counseling and the nurturing environment they need to make safe and healthy life choices.

In the fight against HIV/AIDS in the TCI, community support is critical and we are fortunate to live in a place with a strong and active community. In contributing to strengthen our community, the TCAAF supports the efforts of the Turks and Caicos National HIV Prevention Unit and will continue to work hand in hand to impact societal change, dispel myths, change lives and challenge prejudice.

The TCAAF understands that advancement in monitoring and treatment makes HIV/AIDS a manageable long-term condition and the PIMA analyzer is necessary in the monitoring phase. The PIMA Analyzer/CD4 Machine is an essential tool in providing an absolute CD4 count to those living with HIV/AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Consequently, purchasing the PIMA analyzer for the National HIV Prevention Unit became the primary mandate of the TCAAF.

The machine being the first of its kind in the TCI, eliminates the burden of the National HIV Prevention having to outsource CD4 count tests to other countries like the Bahamas. Funds previously utilised to outsource these tests can now be diverted to other essential aspects of fighting HIV. The CD4 Machine will be housed at and operated by the staff of the Primary Health Lab under the Ministry of Health and Human Services in Providenciales. The machine along with accessories will be used solely for the purpose of providing an effective and valuable tool for the health management of everyone living with HIV/AIDS throughout TCI. The increased local control will be an important opportunity for people living with HIV/AIDS to have health services of a high standard.

The TCAAF is committed to making the Turks and Caicos Islands a place where people living with HIV/AIDS have lives free from discrimination and prejudice. We are committed to continuing our works with the National HIV Prevention Unit. Most importantly, we are committed to empowering everyone living with HIV in the TCI, promoting awareness and maximising health and wellbeing by working to ensure the best possible HIV treatment and support services.

15th Annual Jadot Cup 2015

“15th ANNUAL JADOT CUP DINNER (SEVEN STARS) & GOLF TOURNAMENT (PROVO GOLF CLUB) RAISES OVER $30,000 FOR THE TURKS & CAICOS AIDS AWARENESS FOUNDATION (TCAAF)”
Charity Golf Event, Dinner and Auction Raised Money for the Turks and Caicos AIDS
Awareness Foundation (TCAAF) and the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre

Sunday, June 28th 2015 – Twenty one teams took part in the TCAAF’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament which commenced at 1:30pm. It was a great turn out and fun was had by all who attended.

According to Jadot Cup Chairman and TCAAF Director Terry Drummey “The 15th annual Jadot cup was the biggest and best so far. Over 80 golfers came out this year, many of whom take part year after year and we would like to thank all of them for their continuous support. Our congratulation to this year’s winning team: Francois Hubert, Steve Johnson, Tony Arata and I! A Wine Cellar, Kobrand and Dave and Sean from the Provo Golf Club, who helped to make our 15th year quite a success.” Director of Golf at the Provo Golf Club, Dave Douglas highlighted “This year’s Jadot Cup event was a record breaking fundraiser for the Provo Golf Club in its 15 years of operation.”

In conjunction with the golf tournament the Wine Cellar hosted its 15th Annual Jadot Cup dinner at Seven Stars, Grace Bay on Friday, 26th June 2015 with a No-Holds-Barred menu of delectable dishes, intriguing wines, and exciting surprises at every turn. The sold out event was enjoyed by all and a portion of the proceeds was donated to the TCAAF. A silent auction was held during the evening to raise further funds for the Youth Centre. Mr. Galmo Williams, TCAAF Patron, said “Kudos to Seven Stars’ team for an unforgettable food and wine pairing. Their staff’s professionalism and courteous manner was icing on the cake; A special ‘Thank You’ to our sponsors, who donated excellent prizes which inspired wallets to open eagerly. We would also like to thank the patrons that bid generously on the silent auction prizes knowing that it was all going to a worthy cause.

Dinner at Seven Stars

Dinner at Seven Stars

The weekend’s events not only helps to raise awareness of the TCAAF but also assists with funds towards its flagship project – the Edward Gartland Youth Centre in Downtown, Providenciales, which opened its doors 6 years ago. The Centre which caters to young people between the ages of 11-18 years old has had over 1600 young people registered.
Centre Director Roxann Wake-Forbes stated “We are especially grateful to all the local companies that lend their support to such a worthy cause every year. All of the funds we receive go directly towards various extracurricular programmes and projects for the young people who frequent the centre and the operational costs of the centre. Being able to make a difference in the lives of the youth in the Turks & Caicos Islands through the various programs, including volleyball, basketball, tennis, art & craft, computers and dance to name a few, is very rewarding.”

We would like to thank all of our sponsors of the 2015 Jadot Cup, who helped make it a success:

 

Hugh G. O’neill & Co.

After 5 Island Concierge

Bay Bistro

Beach House

Beaches

Blue Haven

Bodier Bank

British Caribbean Bank

CIBC First Caribbean

Caribbean Cruisin

Casablanca Casino

Chopsticks

Club Med

Courtyard Chiropractic

Coyaba

Finishing Touch

Gansevoort

 

 

Graceway IGA

Grace Bay Club

Garam Masala

HAB Limited

Hemingways

Jais

Kobrand

Magnolia

Meridian Trust

Miller Simons O’Sullivan

NW Hamilton

Ocean Club Resorts

Olympic Construction

Opus

Pavillion Restaurant

Pelican Bay

Parrot Cay

 

 

Provo Golf Club

R A Shaw Design

Sailrock

Seaside Café

Seven Stars

Sotheby’s

Nathan’s Cheesecake

Goldsmiths

Retreat

Turks & Caicos Reservations

The Insurance Company

Villa Del Mar

Wine Cellar

Wrightfully fit

 

About the TCAAF

The TCAAF is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 2003 to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands and its rippling, negative affects on the community though increased education and awareness. The primary focus of the TCAAF is to affect positive lifestyle and behavioral changes, especially among the youth as they are most at risk for HIV/AIDS. The TCAAF dedicates its time to fundraising efforts as well as implementing informative and fun programs that engage young people and help dispel myths about HIV/AIDS.