The staff of the Urban Development Commission today put service to others above self as they continued to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the organisation.
Project Officer at the State corporation, Paula Gall, explained that each year the staff of the commission selected an outreach project with which to get involved, and this year they found client Carlisle Clinton, 99, worthy of assistance.
Today the group of about 20 employees journeyed to Clinton’s home at 1st Avenue Parris Gap in Westbury Road and gave the outside of the property a thorough make-over.
It including repainting with supplies donated by Berger Paints and creating a tyre garden for additional beauty, explained Gall, who also chairs the UDC’s Activities Committee.
The celebrations of the UDC began on Sunday with a religious service at Bethel Methodist Church, Bay Street, St. Michael.
The following day, Director of Youth, Cleviston Hunte, delivered a public lecture at the Urban Development Commission, Bridge Street Mall, Bridge Street, Bridgetown, in which he looked at “Urban Progress, Urban Culture, Urban Life — 16 years of Urban Development”.
The lecture focussed on the youth living in and around urban Barbados.
Celebrations will climax with a UDC Market Place tomorrow, August 15, on the Chamberlain Bridge in Bridgetown, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be product displays by some local small businesses, with patrons getting an opportunity to purchase the exhibits. Health checks will be available to the public during the day.
The aims of the Market Place are to foster a developmental platform for entrepreneurs and merge efforts of the private and public sectors to enhance business opportunities.
The mission of the UDC is “to provide services and programmes that would assist in the alleviation of poverty, and to enhance the sustainable quality of life and high standards of living within the urban population”.