This year, the $5000 will be used to provide the counselling that is essential for individuals to move out of the cycle of abuse and on to a trajectory of independence and self-sustenance.
Mrs Michelle Rymer, Assistant Manager Drakes Traders, presented the cheque to Ms Jasmin D’Aguiar, Treasurer of the Family Support Network.
According to a press release from Drakes Traders, Ms D’Aguiar told the management at Drakes Traders that while the not-for-profit organisation will provide support for individuals and families who are in need, the aim is to provide stepping stones to move out of the harmful situation and into leading a life that is free of abuse and fear.
“There are many reasons why people stay in abusive and unhealthy situations,” said Ms D’Aguiar.
“The majority of people we see are those who may not have independent means of living and who are fearful of what will happen to them financially as well as physically if they break the ties and leave the abusive relationship. It becomes more difficult when children are involved. Once we are able to place the clients in a safe zone, the counseling is essential to provide them with an understanding of their situation. The sessions build confidence and provide the mental and emotional tools to feel strong and empowered enough to break the cycle and plan for the medium and then the long term. We are very grateful to Drakes Traders for their generous gift to our clients,” D’Aguiar continued.
Drakes Traders, a home improvement store in Fish Bay, Tortola which has been serving the community for over three decades, has always been a supporter of the efforts of the Family Support Network.
“We live in a close knit society and, as a family and as a business, we have always believed in providing a helping hand for those that need it,” said Christian Esser, Managing Director of Drakes Traders.
“Over the years we have established a relationship with the FSN where we are always on standby to offer support and are ready to work with them to achieve their long term goals. This annual donation is something that we do with hopes that we are providing some relief during a time when spirits are meant to be lifted with a hope of something brighter for the future.”
This year, the FSN which serves Tortola and the sister islands of Jost van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anegada, will have supported between 250 and 300 households per month. With family sizes ranging from 2 -12 persons, this is a figure of 600 - 700 people who receive assistance from the charitable organisation.