(Eleuthera, Bahamas) – The beautiful French Leave Harbour Village Resort, perched on the waterfront overlooking Governor’s Harbour, hosted a two hour pool party event on Tuesday, December 30th from noon until 2pm, with all proceeds going to benefit the Health Association of Central Eleuthera (HACE), which has the goal of purchasing an upgraded ambulance for the Hatchet Bay area.  The ambulance which currently services the area, according to HACE, is an old 27 year old 1988 model, which is now worn, rusted, and leaky with mechanical challenges.

Chair of HACE, Chris Gosling, commented on the importance of having a reliable emergency vehicle in that area, emphasizing that every minute counts during a medical emergency.  Numerous vehicle accidents in recent years have occurred in the Hatchet Bay area, including Rainbow Bay and Gregory Town, clearly indicating a critical need for timely ambulance services.

Mr. Gosling shared that $15,000 was the estimated financial goal of fundraising efforts to make the purchase possible.  The December 30th pool party event brought HACE closer to that reality, with $8,575 raised on the day, after expenses.

HACE representatives enjoying the atmosphere on the waterfront at French Leave Harbour Village during the Pool Party fundraiser. (L-R): Nurse Sherrin Cooper, Senior Nursing Officer for Eleuthera; Chris Gosling, HACE Chair; Nurse Henfield; and Nurse Fernander.

As a completely voluntary organization, HACE, also holds an annual silent auction event to defray maintenance and other yearly operating expenses, like fuel and tires, to keep their ambulances in top shape and maintain their stellar service record, with a fundraising goal of $20,000.  This 2015 fundraiser event is expected to be held on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 (Valentine’s Day) at the locally owned Sunset Inn.  Mr. Gosling announced that a number of highly desirable items have already been donated towards the auction event that participants could look forward to, including a flat screen television, as well as a car!  For further information about HACE, call 242-332-3178.