Resident artist / sculptor/ painter Don Wood, suffered a terrible fall on December 14 while painting the roof of his house in Bahama Palm Shores. He had to be airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau in critical condition.
Last month the Government Departments for Central Abaco District Social Club held a Jelly Bean Count fundraiser. The funds raised will go towards the Club’s end of the year initiatives. The second place winner of the count was St. Francis de Sales School and the closest count went to Julia Lauren.
Angels Academy had a great turnout for their School Carnival on October 18. Games, food, face-painting and a bouncy castle were the highlights of the event. Faculty and staff were particularly pleased that they had more people from the wider community attend the carnival this year.
The Forest Heights Academy PTA held their first fundraiser for the New Year on Saturday, January 18, 2014. A Scavenger Hunt started out the day’s activities at 11:30am at Forest Heights Academy, where teams for the hunt were registered and given the rules.
The Abaco branch of the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) held their annual Evening of Elegance fundraising dinner and auction on January 25 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. BASRA is a volunteer organization that is committed to providing emergency services and saving the lives of distressed boaters and airmen in The Bahamas.
Just before daybreak on Oct. 19, a circle of people attired in pink and white T-shirts clasped hands together in prayer with Rev. Willish Johnson before the start of the 4th Monica Adderley Annual Fun, Run & Walk at 6:30 a.m. As the 77 registered participants walked briskly to the starting line, they were given road safety instructions by mobile police officers on the scene. The runners took the lead, while those who opted to walk trailed behind in the cool of the morning.
A Dee Dee Roberts Medical Fundraiser was held on Sept. 28 at BAIC Park. Dee Dee was diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus, so doctors had to perform reconstructive surgery on her in July. Not only was Dee Dee left in a lot of pain, but because she has no medical insurance, there was also an exorbitant amount of bills to repay.
The family of Ernest Scott received overwhelming support from the Abaco community at his medical fundraiser at the BAIC Park on July 27. Steak and rib dinners were sold with the usual side orders along with delectable conch fritters, and tasty coconut and pineapple tarts. Entertainment was provided, and the bouncing castle stole the show for the younger ones.
When Hurricane Sandy passed over Abaco last October Man-O-War Cay fared well; however, one well-loved area on the island, the picnic cabana at the Low Place, suffered some damage. Hope Town District Council Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting said, "Even though we were faced with budget challenges, [the Council] felt responsible to see that the repairs were carried out one way or the other. We just can't wait on government to solve our problems."
Abaco Pathfinders held an auction event on March 22 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay on March 22. The event, which was well attended by second-home owners, aimed to raise funds for the scholarship foundation. Ten students were selected this year by the committee, each with their own struggles which they have overcome and each excelling to a level that demands recognition. Without the Pathfinders’ scholarship it is unlikely that either of the ten would be able to attend college.