MAS LAUNCH: Chairperson of Red Cross Children's Carnival, Vindra Amar, left, is flanked by two junior masqueraders from Classix Productions as she presents a gift basket to Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards at the launch of Red Cross Children's Carnival 2013 at the northern headquarters, Fitzblackman Drive, Port of Spain, on Friday. –Photo courtesy Red Cross Society

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Red Cross Carnival carded for February 2

By Kimoy Leon Sing

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society opened registration for its annual Red Cross Children's Carnival at its northern headquarters located at Fitzblackman Drive, Port of Spain, last Friday.

Considered one of the main events of T&T Carnival, chairperson of Red Cross Children's Carnival, Vindra Amar, said preparations for this year's event have been under way since September last year.

Carded for Saturday, February 2, at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain, gates open at 10 a.m.

Those attending the show will see a wide array of costumes from the various categories which include: Babes in Arms, Boys and Girls 6-8 years, 9-11 years and 12-15 years.

There will also be prizes for couples, small, medium and large bands. There will also be judging of the Red Cross Junior King and Queen.

Amar said, "Every year our committee tries to improve on what has already been established and this year we will set guidelines for bandleaders to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted flow. We have also improved on our prizes this year. Winners can look forward to Kindles, laptops and other items."

Apart from the prizes, Amar noted that there will be comfortable seating and a covered stand; First Aid booth, adequate security as well as product giveaways and free samples on the day.

Now in its 57th year, Amar said, "The Red Cross Children's Carnival is a joyful collaboration of corporate and individual sponsors, service clubs and on the day over 75 volunteers, many of whom who, year after year, put out their time and energy to make this event a success."

She noted that the Red Cross Children's Carnival is the major fund-raiser for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society. The income generated from it will go towards the organisation's social welfare and disaster preparedness projects as well as other initiatives for 2013.

As part of its commitment to supporting and contributing to the development and promotion of culture in Trinidad and Tobago, Citi, one of the main sponsors of the event for the past 17 years, made a financial contribution to the 2013 Red Cross Children's Carnival during the launch which was held at the Red Cross Society northern headquarters on Friday.

In attendance was Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards, wife of the President of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ramjohn-Richards urged more citizens to come on board with the initiative and also highlighted some of the changes that have taken place in Trinidad and Tobago and around the world.

She said, "In our own region, the people of Haiti continue to suffer and we in Trinidad and Tobago cannot take comfort in the notion that God is a Trini. For the first time in a long time; our country has experienced considerable damage as a result of floods."

"Changing weather patterns in Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the world would most likely mean more damage as time goes on," she added.

"The Red Cross and the Red Crescent Society are doing more and better to help communities," she said.

She noted it is important for people to come out in their numbers to further assist the Red Cross Society with its goal that seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity.

Registration for Red Cross Children's Carnival closes on January 25, at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for children under 12 years and $30 for adults. Tickets are on sale from January 21 at the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society Head Office, Craft Creators—Level 2, The Falls, Westmoorings; Level 2, new wing, southern extension, Trincity Mall, and at the Savannah on the day of the show.

Registration time is 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information call 480-7727 or 627-8813 or e-mail ttrccc@gmail.com

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