Mad Hatter Tea Party for a Cause

Oct, 27 2018

 Staff, faculty and students of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently tumbled down the rabbit hole and discovered a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Bake Sale that turned out to be quite fun – all in support of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BTVI’s Student Affairs department hosted its annual pink themed bake sale with proceeds from the event being donated to support the cause.

It was a whimsical atmosphere as staff, faculty and students joined hands in supporting the cause, with this year’s theme being 'Mad for a Cause', based on the persona of the Mad Hatter from a fictional character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass.

On sale during the recent event were delicious cakes, cupcakes, guava duff, cotton candy, water melon, candies, pink lemonade and flavored teas. Also, BTVI’s Fashion department put on a show with its Mad Hatter Hat competition with the winner being the Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson, whose hat was literally shaped like a helping hand. Contestants later sat at the table and had a tea party - British accents and all.

BTVI has been supporting the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group since 2011. Dean of Student Services, Racquel Bethel said it is important to go beyond the classroom walls and connect the students and society.

“Sadly, cancer has become an epidemic in our country. We aim to bring awareness through prevention talks that will provide strategies and information about screening, diagnosis and testimonials from actual breast cancer survivors. We are continuing to fight for the cure, while being our brother's keeper,” said Ms. Bethel.

“We live in a community; it’s not just about us. We have to think beyond ourselves and be our brother’s keeper. A mandate of BTVI is to build good citizens. We want them to value giving back. It builds character and model citizens,” she added.

Additionally, BTVI recently connected with 18-year breast cancer survivor, Yvette Williams, who spoke to a class. This determined woman, who went on to become the first President of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, said the most important treatment while going through cancer is support.

“Cancer attacks the mind, making you feel less than. You feel you’re not a whole woman. Your self-esteem plummets. And the younger you are, the harder it is. If men could say, ‘I love you with one or no breast, that would be powerful,” she emphasized.

Ms. Williams expressed gratitude for institutions like BTVI that are raising funds for the port for women who have to undergo chemotherapy. Chemotherapy medicine is given through a special needle that fits into the port - the size of a quarter - which sits just under the skin.


Lovely setting for a lovely tea party!


Delicious pound cake with pink frosting and sprinkles


Tasty red velvet cupcakes with pink pearls


Refreshing pink lemonade was also on sale


Supporting the cause: BTVI student purchasing a delectable guava duff!


BTVI Administrative Assistant to the Registrar, Anya McKenzie, shows her support for breast cancer awareness.


BTVI Recruitment Officer, Irina Key shows off her sweet treats in support of the cause.


MAD HATTERS: BTVI Student Affairs Clerk, Tanya Joseph and Student Advisor, Ricardo Miller flaunt their hats.


BTVI Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson rocking her custom-made hat, which was literally shaped like a hand. She is certainly lending a hand and helping to eradicate breast cancer.


Another Mad Hatter, mad for a cause.


 Tea is served!


BTVI Dean of Student Services, Raquel Bethel (l) and BTVI Daycare Supervisor, Jennifer Rolle strike a pose.


Mad for a cause! BTVI staff show their support for breast cancer awareness.


Cookies for a cure! All proceeds from the bake sale are in aid of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.


PINK POWER! The team that gets it done every year:  BTVI’s Student Affairs department.


Delicious guava duff was also on sale.


PINK GOODNESS: Fluffy frosting and colorful sprinkles. What a treat!


Three times the treat! Cheesecake for the cure.


Even this little one is mad for a cause!


Cheers to another successful event in support of a good cause.