VOPE to honour two deserving volunteers at Annual Thankful Tea Party

VOPE TEA PARTY – Members of the group Vessels of Purpose Elite (VOPE) announced plans for the Thankful Tea Party that is set to take place this month in High Rock at the Government Park. Pictured from left is Carla Brown-Roker, Youth Coordinator, Ministry of Youth; Rev. Pamela Laing, honouree; Brennamae Cooper, VOPE Founder and Sharell Lockhart, Committee Member. (PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Known for its mentoring and leadership programme, Vessels of Purpose Elite (V.O.P.E) is set to host its Third Thankful Tea Party on Saturday, November 24 on Government Park, High Rock. Starting at 3:00 p.m., the members of the organization will be honoring two women who have assisted with delivering the organization’s message throughout the country.

Birthed five years ago, Founder and Executive Director of VOPE Brennamae Rolle-Cooper revealed that the honorees, Rev. Pamela Laing and Dorothy Cooper, have been with the organization since its inception. “

“Minister Pamela and Dorothy have not only shown their tangible support, but displayed verbal support as well,” said Rolle-Cooper.

Describing their contributions as helpful and inspiring, Rolle-Cooper said that rewarding the women for their efforts is definitely due.

She explained that the decision was made to honour the women during the Thankful Tea Party, because the event also serves as the organization’s key fund-raiser for the year.

“Tickets for the event are affordably priced and we encourage the entire Grand Bahama community to come out and support us,” said Cooper-Rolle.

She noted that following the tea party will be a Fascinator Hat Show, and the event in its entirety will be a very enjoyable, relaxing time.

Endorsing VOPE’s upcoming event was Ministry of Youths, Sports and Culture Youth Coordinator, Carla Brown-Roker who said, “One of the things that we appreciate about VOPE is that it doesn’t shy away from the issues that young women face. It takes it head on and it make the exchanges very relatable and very relevant. We have a lot of mentoring groups that skirt around certain issues, but VOPE is not the one to do so.”

Brown-Roker noted that it does take money to effectively operate a youth organization, “and I am appealing to Grand Bahama, especially the persons that are a part of other mentoring groups, to come out and support the efforts of VOPE. They always have a creative fund-raiser that lifts the spirit and brings unity through promoting fellowship.”

Assembling every weekend in the East End District, the mentoring programme recently launched a group in the West End District. Beginning at the Eight Mile Rock High School, the mentees targeted students at all grade levels. “The focus of this programme is to influence young ladies to display their talents and gifts, while committing to community service and leadership development,” disclosed Rolle-Cooper, who appealed to corporate Grand Bahama to “sew” into the organization.

Rolle-Cooper extended special thanks to Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest, Member of Parliament for East GB; Deep Water Cay and PharmaChem for sponsoring the upcoming Thankful Tea Party.

Humbled by the recognition, Laing said, “Five years ago I was connected with VOPE and the founder is doing an excellent job. Even now I am being honoured, I am still wondering what else I can do to help this great group of people.”

Laing described the founder as a kind and loving woman, whose blessings of mentoring is a gift from God.

VOPE Executive Board member, Sherell Lockhart spoke on behalf of honouree Cooper, in her absence, noting that she expressed her thanks to the organization and the team for honouring her.

“Dorothy is very thankful and prays the event is indeed a success and sees the event as one that is growing and becoming bigger. Anything she can do to help the Vessels of Purpose Elite to grow and to continue, she is willing to do so.”

Lockhart says the honoree is appealing to the public to lend their support since the organization is making an “impactful difference” in the lives of the young ladies.

For persons interested in giving a donation, they can contact 1(242) 559-3600 or email vopelite@gmail.com.

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