Cruisers Raise Funds for Carriacou Kids

Fundraising events at the 2007 Carriacou Regatta delivered more than $6,000 to the Carriacou Children's Education Fund

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Cruisers and island supporters present a record-setting sum to social worker Susan Peters for the benefit of Carriacou school children.Marjorie Mowry

The mantra "It's for the kids!" drove the seventh annual benefit for the Carriacou Children's Education Fund (CCEF) during the Carriacou Regatta in August 2007. A record-breaking $6,100 was collected at the end of the weeklong festivities.

Some $22,000 has been raised by the CCEF benefit, which was initiated during the 2000 regatta by cruisers as a way to express their appreciation for islanders' hospitality.

Fund raising began at the Carriacou Yacht Club's Welcome Potluck with a Dry T-Shirt Contest and raucous sing-along. Happy Hour met the midnight hour as regatta regulars mingled with first-timers. A Beach Fun Day continued to fill the collection kitty, but the annual CCEF Auction remained the fundraiser highlight: Volunteer auctioneers kept the bids-and wisecracks-flying as the crowd snapped up an eclectic yard-sale's worth of donated items.

Susan Peters, a Carriacou social worker, accepted the proceeds, which will provide scores of needy local children with school uniforms, text books, and educational materials.