The Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) is a charity that hosts a number of fundraising events throughout the year. Of these, the annual Commonwealth Fair is its largest with profits designated to be donated to the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF). The CGEF helps girls in the Commonwealth complete their secondary education in cases where the girls’ families cannot afford it. This year, Belize’s High Commissioner, Perla Perdomo was asked to act as the Chairperson of the Organising Committee for the Commonwealth Fair 2018. Perdomo and Kim Simplis Barrow, the Special Envoy for Women and Children spoke at the opening ceremony of the fair which was held at the Kensington Town Hall in London on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy of Belize: “Today I’m delighted to extend by support to the Commonwealth Countries League for its outstanding works through the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund in an effort to create a brighter and more promising future for our girls. The fund has been instrumental in providing the much needed support and encouragement to enable many needy girls across forty of our Commonwealth countries. Not only have our girls benefitted from this educational sponsorship but in turn so have their families, communities and countries. Today I thank each of you for your steadfast commitment in making this annual event a success. I must also take this opportunity to commend the efforts of her Excellency Perla Perdomo, the Belize High Commissioner in the UK and Northern Ireland for taking the lead in this year’s fair.”
Perla Perdomo, Belize High Commissioner: “ Having worked on this event for the last few months has certainly been a remarkable experience for myself, my spouse and the small team at the Belize High Commission who have worked hard to coordinate this event and to the fair coordinator Ms.Cecelia. Working with the Commonwealth Countries League board members and their dedicated volunteers our mission in London has been given the opportunity to reinforce it’s determination, good will and team spirit for our girls across the forty Commonwealth nations. To see women and men from different walks of life motivated in unity for the common cause is a rewarding experience.”
The Belize Tourism Board, Fyffes, Consolidated Contractors International Company, CS Global Partners and The High Commission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Kingdom became sponsors of this event and their generous contributions aided to the fund raising of a record breaking sum that will aid more of the less fortunate but academically gifted girls.