Olivia Rose (Turks and Caicos Weekly News) writes that the Turks and Caicos Islands National Trust is calling on residents and tourists to support the body in its efforts to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of the islands.
[. . .] Mark Parrish, head of the marketing and public awareness committee, said the National Trust is facing some financial challenges as well as a shortage of staff. He pointed out that the trust is embarking on its renewed membership and sponsorship campaign and is calling on the general public to sign up and gain an exclusive membership card which will allow them to visit all the sites across the country. Parrish explained that membership fees will go directly to supporting the trust and its preservation work.
He said: “It’s suffering financially. The trust used to get more support from the Government. Unfortunately everybody’s fallen on harder times and the budget has been cut like many other departments. The trust fortunately has the ability to raise its own funds. Raising funds through partners goes to specific projects, but the trust gladly accepts and needs donations from individuals, from cooperate citizens.”
He noted that while the trust is in dire need of financial support, citizens and tourists alike should look at membership as a fantastic opportunity to learn and explore the length and breadth of the country. “The membership is an important part of it, not just to raise funds. Part of the new membership campaign is that members will have free access to all sites and that’s never been done before. The moment you go to Cheshire Hall it’s going to cost you $10. You want to take your friends there it’s the same thing. But if you’re a member for $25 per year you can go as many times as you want. Not just to Cheshire Hall, but to little water Cay, to rock caves and the various sites.”
Those interested are being urged to visit the trust’s website http://tcnationaltrust.org for more information on membership.
The Turks and Caicos National Trust is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1992 to protect, conserve and promote the cultural, historic and natural heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands for present and future generations and for the enjoyment of all.
For original article, see http://tcweeklynews.com/national-trust-appeals-for-support-from-residents-p6996-127.htm