With an annual budget ranging from $600 – $650,000 per annum, the Bahamas Red Cross is suffering from a “financial dilemma,” said Caroline Turnquest, Director General of the Bahamas Red Cross. The organization is, therefore, seeking more ways to raise money.
Turnquest told the media Tuesday that the organization’s operating expenses have increased as there are more persons seeking help from its Meals on Wheels program, which provides healthy meals for the elderly.
The Red Cross also provides service to its afterschool school program which helps students with their homework also provides them with hot meals.
The Junior Red Cross disaster relief program focuses heavily on teaching juniors about the protection of life and health.
The Red Cross also offers an HIV/AIDS intervention programme.
Red Cross President Terez Curry said that these programmes have been ongoing for many years, and they intend for them to be around for a long time to come.
Being a mother to the entire country, Curry said more money is needed urgently. She added that the Red Cross Association is looking to raise funds not only in Nassau but also in Grand Bahama and Abaco as their funds are “next to nothing”
The organization intends to raise funds through its upcoming Red Cross Fair and the much-anticipated Red Cross Ball in January 2019.