Student Santa Clauses from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus came knocking this morning, bearing gifts for their neighbours.
The George Lamming Primary, Springer Memorial Secondary, St Giles Primary, the northern district of the Nazarene Church, Irving Wilson School and the St Stephen’s Nursery School were all the recipients of the UWI Students’ Guild’s Christmas cheer.
They received some 38 food hampers packed with hams and traditional black cakes worth near $5,000. At the presentation of some of the hampers today at the campus in Cave Hill, St. Michael, President of the National Affairs Committee of the Guild, Damani Parris called the initiative an attempt to give back to their communities.
He said: “We believe that it is extremely important, especially at this time in the season of Christmas – a season that is founded on giving to others and looking out for your fellow man.
“We acknowledge and continue to believe in the mission of the Barbadian people and because of that, we thought that it would be necessary for us as a community of students receiving so much from the people of Barbados, . . . [to] demonstrate how much we do appreciate what has been given to us and the sacrifice made for our education.
“We also want to demonstrate our appreciation . . . and assist those who are in need at this time, those who are less fortunate than we are and ensure the most vulnerable in society get to have a very pleasant and wonderful Christmas this year,” he said.
Logistics officer of the committee, Annalyse Nicholls, told Barbados TODAY this was the first such project of the current Guild, however, she assured it would not be the last. She revealed that plans had already begun for the next outreach deed to occur around Easter but they had not yet confirmed to whom they would contribute. (KC)