BUT appeals to businesses for scholarships

A union is marking its 100th anniversary celebrations by appealing for donations to help raise $100,000 to provide scholarships for young Bermudians.

The Bermuda Union of Teachers will celebrate 100 years on February 1 next year and has organised a series of events this year to mark the milestone.

Now the union is asking businesses and organisations to donate raffle prizes for its Centenary Raffle, in which 100 prizes will be raffled off to raise cash for the scholarships.

BUT president Shannon James said: “We have already had some great events marking our 100 years, notably the Caribbean Union of Teachers conference and the CUT Games which was a huge success.

“However, when we started planning events to mark our centenary, we were very mindful of the need to further help some of those we teach which is why we decided to try and raise $100,000 for four scholarships.

“We sincerely hope that members of the community, businesses and organisations will help us get 100 fantastic prizes to raffle to help us reach our target.”

Money raised will be split into scholarships in the name of the Union’s founders: the Reverend Rufus Stovell, Adele Tucker and Edith and Matilda Crawford.

Mr James said: “By naming the scholarships after our founders, we are acknowledging our past but we are also investing in our future. We believe that is a very fitting way to celebrate our 100 years.”

For more information, they can contact the BUT on 292-6515