Family Beach Fun Day
Now celebrating its third consecutive year, TCIFA and The Wine Cellar's Family Beach Fun Day drew hundreds of supporters, young and old, to The Bight Children's Park on June 10th, 2017. This fund-raising initiative, which aids the youth development football programs throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, not only endeavors to promote football, but also give back to youth within the community. Despite the intense heat and blinding sun rays, the atmosphere evoked excitement as persons cooled off with a snow cone, or a swim in the sea, and kids lined up to experience the bouncy castle water slide.
The day kicked off with its regularly scheduled Saturday grassroots sessions, relocated to the powder white sands and crystal clear waters, followed by a tense beach soccer tournament. With three teams vying for the winner's cup, Team Patrick placed 3rd, Fortis TCI Eagles placed 2nd, and The Unbelievables placed 1st.
The Projetech Youth Development Draw afforded one boy and one girl, from the TCIFA grassroots programme, the opportunity to win an educational device. Benneth Williams, Executive Member responsible for youth football was invited to pull the name of one youth male winner, whilst Candace Hanchell Executive Director responsible for Women's Football drew the name of one youth female winner. Both winners, Kyle Cushing-Meehan and Robria Clarke, received an HP laptop, intended to serve as a means of learning how to communicate in the virtual world, how to properly research, and how to critically analyze and receive valuable information.
The Far Easter Imports "Represent Your School" Competition invited all schools throughout Providenciales to attend and support the event. Students signed in at the TCIFA table with hopes of having the most representatives present, all whilst demonstrating great team spirit. Long Bay High School walked away as the lucky winners of a projector, a resource TCIFA believes is required to help students of the Turks & Caicos Islands succeed.
Adrian Kayne, winner of the potluck raffle, which awarded him 50% of the raffle's earnings, donated his prize monies back into the programme.
"It was thrilling to see everyone (employees, volunteers, and supporters alike) having such a good time, and getting excited about giving back to our players and our community," said Paua Garland, Executive Director responsible for Events and Fund Raising. "TCIFA is a non-profit organization, relying heavily on community involvement to keep us afloat, so every relationship we form is meaningfuling in helping us to promote continued growth. "
We would like to thank our Headline Sponsor, The Wine Cellar, and co-sponsors, Projetech, Far Eastern Imports Ltd., Taste Buds, Woohoo Party Equipment Rental, Subtronic Sounds, Carpe Dream, DJ Shakes, TC Sanitation, TCI Waste, Coca-Cola, Fortis TCI, IFS and Coach Frazer Park.