CariFin Charity

CariFin helps Make a Difference

Christine Dalkan


 Since its start in 1991, CariFin Games has recognized the dedication of those pushing forward in raising awareness of diseases and helping persons who living with diseases.

In this vein, Patricia Wiltshire of First Citizens suggested the Lupus Society as the cause to put CariFin’s support behind. She felt that Lupus was not highlighted as other diseases such as cancer were from the wider public and corporate sponsors.

Recognizing the effort being made by the Lupus Society of Trinidad and Tobago to improve the quality of life for people living with Lupus, CariFin put its full support behind this endeavour. Annually, each time a person registers for the CariFin Urban Challenge, five dollars of the registration fee is donated to the Lupus Society. In this way, CariFin Games’ participants are always encouraged to ‘run for a reason’.

Continuing this tradition, last year CariFin donated a cheque of $10,400 to this foundation. Janeal James, Ms. CariFin 2013 got the opportunity to be part of the kind gesture, when she handed over the cheque to the President of the Lupus Society, Curtis Wilson, on behalf of CariFin.

This contribution took place in the forah of CCN TV6 on Independence Square, Port-of-Spain. Present for the handing over were the current Ms. CariFin Janeal James, GHL Team Leader Kavita Siewah, President of the Lupus Society Mr. Curtis Wilson, Chairman of CariFin Wayne Roberts and photographer, Karla Ramoo.

At the handing over, Lupus Society President, Curtis Wilson was all smiles and said it was good to see the continued support from CariFin Games over the years. Also happy to be part of this charitable cause, Ms. CariFin 2013 Janeal said, “I felt privileged to be part of this presentation. It is good that the CariFin body recognizes and supports those fighting this disease, as not many persons are aware of it and knowledgeable of its cause and effects. I hope that the committee continues to support and contribute to the Lupus Society.”

Another person joyous to be part of this act of generosity was Patricia Wiltshire, the person who suggested this idea in the first place.  Patricia said, “I am excited that we are able to give back to society even as we continue to grow.”

In 2014, CariFin is hoping to continue making a difference. To do so, we are asking each person (working in the financial services sector whose team is part of CariFin Games) to come out and participate in our events for 2014 – $5 from your registration fee for the Urban Challenge goes towards the Lupus Society. So get onboard!