Real Men Cand and Do Cook
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
March 30, 2011 (SKNIS)
Fathers of children at the Newtown Nursery are leading the way, in setting good examples for their children, as they prepare for a cooking competition on Thursday to raise funds for the centre.
“A little creativity goes a long way in these financially challenging times,” said supervisor of the Nursery, Marilyn Vaughan.
Ms. Vaughan told SKNIS she has been rallying the parents of children who attend the nursery around the idea of fundraising. Commenting on the Government’s input, she said it covers the essential items such as utilities and food as well as the general maintenance, however, given the very small fee of EC $15.00 per week paid by parents, Government takes on the major share of financing the centres and parents should therefore want to assist in raising funds to ensure that the centres are properly outfitted with the necessary learning materials.
In light of this, Ms Vaughan called on parents to do all in their power to assist with decor, light maintenance, and other such items.
She stated, “Although the competition would be judged by accomplished chefs, it was more about the spirit of volunteering towards a good cause and father involvement rather than who wins or loses.”
“It is time for us to stop complaining and to find ways and means of solving the issues that surround us in our daily lives,” she added. “Our energies need to be channeled positively.”
The fathers have been asked to complete a dish by 5:00 pm on Thursday. The dish will be judged based on taste and presentation. The father who gets first place will receive a top of the line Samsung Phone, courtesy LIME, while the runners- up will receive consolation prizes.
The admission fee to the competition, which is open to the public, is EC $5.00. There will be a general tasting following the event.
Ms Vaughan said she expects persons in the vicinity to show their support for the dads and the Day Care Centre as several of the fathers are very excited and have spoken to her about their preparatory shopping experiences and their intention to blow the tasters away with their delicious dishes,” she stressed.
She noted that mothers are equally excited about the event and their competitive sides have really begun to show in support of the men and children in their lives.
So far this school year the day care centre has held a walk-a-thon and is now hosting the cooking competition.