“Tea and Testimony” 2020: A new movement of women empowerment

“Tea and Testimony” 2020: A new movement of women empowerment

(PRESS RELEASE) – It was a breathtaking spectacle of pink as The Make It Happen Foundation held its second annual “Tea and Testimony” ladies tea party at Government House on Sunday 8th March, 2020 to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day.

From the fashionably dressed women, the décor, the pink wine and champagne, to the pink frosted cupcakes; no detail was left behind in embracing the theme of Pretty in Pink!

The event was hosted by Mrs. Raquel Du Boulay-Chastanet, the wife of the Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet and featured “testimonies” from well-known women known to have triumphed in the face of life’s challenges such as Mae Sabbagh-Wayne, Berthia Parle, Wendy Delmar, Pastor Yvonne Alexander and Allison Jean. One could have heard a pin drop as they shared their stories of adversity and overcoming. Women young and old from all walks of life listened intently; many were visibly moved and inspired.

Food was aplenty with delicious fare served by June’s Catering while excitement reigned as prizes were announced for best dressed ladies, best hat or fascinator. Dozens of exciting raffle prizes and luxury auction items including a trip to Dubai and accommodation at the Dubai’s newest hi-end five star resort were up for grabs. This coveted item prompted a lengthy bidding war between two ladies which the audience gleefully watched until a winner was announced. Seasoned auctioneer David Du Boulay masterfully presided over the live auctions and added some humour to the day’s activities.

Whilst last year’s event benefited the Women’s Support Centre, this year the proceeds went to the St. Lucia Nurses Association. Mrs. Chastanet remarked that a nurse’s life is a life of constant sacrifice, dedication and commitment with very little reward and this was a small way to say thank you. Two retired nurses, Nurse Janetha Walker and Nurse Christiana Matthieu were acknowledged for their lifetime of service and given a series of gifts including a shopping voucher, lunch at Coco Palm Hotel, beverages and a cash donation from a medical practitioner. The gifts were presented to them by Mrs. Chastanet as a token of gratitude.

In between the speakers, Linda “Chocolate” Berthier performed a beautiful and soaring rendition without accompaniment which was thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd. When Make It Happen Foundation Director Karen Du Boulay-Hunte took the mike to thank the ladies for coming and wished them a safe journey home, the ladies in attendance seemed as though no one wanted to leave. The complimentary valet parking provided by event organizers was the final cherry on top of a truly spectacular day.

Whilst costs and proceeds are still being tallied, preliminary figures suggest that a fairly sizeable donation will be able to be made to the Nurses Association. Whilst loose ends are still being tidied up by organizers, requests have already come in for tickets for next year!

The Make it Happen Foundation has been successful at creating unique experiences for Saint Lucians of all walks of life to meet and mingle while raising funds to contribute to worthy causes. They have made their mark on the social, charity and entertainment landscape of Saint Lucia and will continue to amaze patrons with their avant-garde charity events. The Foundation has expressed their sincere thanks and gratitude for the overwhelming display of support towards the vision and mission of “Make It Happen”


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