Ascendant Group Limited (Ascendant) today announced that the Ascendant group of companies would make a $100,000 donation to The Eliza DoLittle Society.
A spokesman said: “Ascendant has a long and proud history of philanthropy in Bermuda. During these unprecedented times, as Bermuda contends with the Coronavirus, our charities committee met to determine what would have the greatest impact on those most affected by this crisis. What is clear is that, with people having been furloughed or laid off and not working, many Bermudians are struggling to put food on the table. The Eliza DoLittle society runs a food bank that provides food for the needy – literally a lifeline for those in need in our community. We are honoured and humbled to partner with Eliza DoLittle to help bring some relief to those most affected by the Coronavirus.”
April Augustus, Executive Director of Eliza DoLittle said: “I was literally speechless when I was contacted about this incredibly generous donation from Ascendant. This money will provide food for many of our most needy families across the island. In the last few weeks we have certainly seen an increase in clients in need, especially single mothers who are struggling to provide food for their children. On behalf of our staff, board members and especially our clients, many thanks to Ascendant for this incredible contribution that will make a huge impact in people’s lives today and for as long as this crisis continues.”
About The Eliza DoLittle Society (TEDS):
The mission of The Eliza DoLittle Society is to provide healthy and nutritious solutions to the food insecure in Bermuda with the aim of enhancing their quality of life.
TEDS is a registered charity (#567), which was founded in 2002 by Margaret Vaucrosson and Tony Forrester with a focus on meeting the needs of Bermuda’s homeless population. The principal aim of the society was to provide those in need with “A hand up, not a hand-out.”
In 2010, the organization’s focus shifted from only feeding the homeless, to providing support to any person in Bermuda who was food insecure. TEDS recognizes that food insecurity has both physical and emotional impact on those affected by it, and is continuously looking for ways to better serve its clients and help reduce the stress they are experiencing.
TEDS provides assistance directly to clients through its Food Bank in Warwick and in 2019, provided the local community with just under 46,000 meals through the Food Bank alone.