In spite of the showers and overcast conditions, the CariFin Games volunteers were happy to receive their tokens, meet up with their fellow volunteers as well as the opportunity to win several exciting door prizes which were up for grabs.
Members of the CariFin Volunteer Academy were in high spirits as they gathered inside the Central Bank, 3rd floor on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 6.00 p.m.
Members of the CariFin Volunteer Academy who were part of the team that managed and produced the 2017 Games, came together in a function that was meant to say thank you and show appreciation for their 2017 contributions. This was the first event in which the organizing committee tried to bring the volunteers together in one place after the Games to celebrate the volunteer’s involvement and recognize those who made the extra effort to be present at various events which made the Games a success.
President of the CariFin Games – Mr. Wayne Roberts emphasized the point when he said “ I am excited to welcome everyone to the first Volunteer Appreciation Function which gives us the opportunity to meet-up and share our heart felt thanks and appreciation to the volunteers.”
It is always said that volunteer work is thankless and usually goes un-appreciated but as far as CariFin Games is concerned we were ready to address this age old problem of volunteerism and really have an evening together where we shared experiences of both the volunteers who took part in the program as well as hear from some of the Games winners, who would have been direct beneficiaries of the volunteer’s contributions. Victra George spoke on behalf of the volunteers, as the other person scheduled to share their experience was unavoidably absent due to the flu. From the winner’s side – Tessa Weeks – the unbeaten champion walker for 2017 had her say and champion aerobics male winner – Stephan Thomas chipped in with his experience about the volunteers and the Games.
Tessa Weekes expressed her feelings saying, “During the games, participants sometimes never get the opportunity to say thanks to all those who offer assistance, no matter the size of the contribution. So today on behalf of the participants I offer you the volunteers my heartfelt thanks for the excellent job that you do and hope for your continued support of the games.
The top performers among the volunteers, who were present namely – Julia Powell, Daniella Daniel and Victra George received trophies made out of Acrylic, 2017 cups and certificates of appreciation.
The other volunteers received 2017 cups and certificates of appreciation.
Also holding a high level of importance on the evening program was the introduction of a Brand Ambassador – Mr. Nikosi Mc Leish (5-time cross country title holder). As part of giving back to the Games, Mr Mc Leish will be joining forces with the CariFin team to help promote the Games and bring more participants on board.
The door prizes segment was quite interactive and fun as there were prizes to give away on the evening. These included two sports bags, a bottle, a folding chair from Nature Valley, two cash vouchers from Kenny’s Sports Centre, and hampers. The cash vouchers and chair were used as prizes for a quiz strictly for Volunteers which asked CariFin questions. The other prizes were used for a game called ‘Hot Potato” where all persons present, volunteer and non-volunteer, could participate. COSTAATT students Pashan Patrick and Renee Grant who are doing their internship with CariFin Games produce and managed this aspect of the program and did a very good of it as it generated a level of energy and excitement that was in contrast to the overcast outside weather conditions.
In the end there was a feeling of joy and gratitude, as we as a team was able to come together to say thank you to the most important people who we were able to count on to help make the 2017 Games a successful and memorable event. For once we felt that CariFin could do and achieve so much more if we as a team continue to purposely work and collaborate together.
The organizing committee would like to sincerely thank Quality Commercial Interiors for giving their support and sponsoring the event and helping to make the CariFin Volunteer Appreciation possible.