Sr. Basilia staff and clients.
- JOHNS–A waterslide, laser tag, wet and dry bouncy castles, games, face painting and live performances are some of the activities that will be held at a Family Fun Day being organised by Sister (Sr.) Basilia Center to mark its 35th anniversary.
The Fun Day will be held this Saturday, August 31, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Emilio Wilson Park and the best part is that the event is open to the public and it is absolutely free.
The Fun Day of activities will culminate with a grand raffle, tickets for which will be sold throughout the day. The grand prize of the fundraiser raffle is a voucher from Windward Islands Airways International Winair for two roundtrip airline tickets. There will be live performances from clients of the Sr. Basilia Center and Funtopia. Food and drinks will be on sale.
Sr. Basilia Center first opened its doors with a day-care centre in South Reward, next to the Roman Catholic Church. Founded by Catholic sisters from Voorschoten, the Netherlands, Sister Basilia herself was the driving force behind the first care activities on the island, specifically for persons with an intellectual disability.
In those days, most persons with disabilities were kept at home, away from public life. This changed for the better when the day-care opened on August 28, 1984, and the first clients started to make use of the services provided.
The Center developed with the support of loyal employees and volunteers and more and more clients found their way to it. In 2011, the board of the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) saw the need for a bigger facility, with full wheelchair access and special facilities for the growing group of clients.
Construction started on a new building in St. John’s Estate, and on June 28, 2012, the brand new, two-story day-care was festively opened. With the need for care growing, the Sr. Basilia Center Day-care expanded from 35 to 45 clients and in the summer of 2018 the capacity was expanded to 65 clients.
Currently 57 clients are enrolled and they participate in daily programmes that are tailor-made for each of their developmental goals.
The board and management urge the public to attend its 35th anniversary Family Day in the Emilio Wilson park this Saturday, and join clients and their families in celebrating this special day.