The Drug Education and Counselling Services recently held a drive for Darik Phillips and while it was not as successful as they would have hoped they are not deterred.
Phillips is the 19-year-old who was left blind, unable to speak, feed himself and immobile after experiencing a massive asthma attack in 2008. Previously he was a normal active child and an avid football player.
Close to 30 members of the youth arm of the DECS, Youth Empowered & Alive, and other volunteers on Saturday, August 21 hosted the benefit. Wearing white they ventured to the City to help raise funds for Darik’s medical support, which his father Terry said was expected to start at $6000- $8000 just for the initial medical reports.
Chairman of the DECS, Roger Husbands, told Barbados TODAY via telephone that they were only able to raise a little more than $1,400.
Nevertheless, he added they would continue to host other fund-raisers to aid the Phillips family and they next step was to build a ramp on their home to facilitate Darik’s wheelchair.
Husbands said they hoped to get the others fund-raisers for the young man off the ground before year end but they had also encountered a few problems which had delayed the process.
Currently located on Bay Street St. Michael, the office of the DECS will have to relocate since the building in which they were housed was sold. So another one of their objectives was to locate a new home for the organisation.
“We are also having a problem,” he said “we now have to raise funds for ourselves; there are so many things to do. We are still dedicated to helping Darik, when the medication or any other thing comes up we will have to do it bit by bit. We are still collecting funds for him and interested persons can always contact us here.”
The number for the DECS is 435-8148. (KC)