Whoever said that young people were worthless
should rethink that statement.
That’s because a group of about ten young people
from Community Services For The Disadvantage,
is out to prove them wrong. They have been
volunteering their time for years to assist the less
fortunate in society with little or, in many cases,
The group began a little over a decade ago
with members originating from other non–profit
organisations, but around 2008 it took a break.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY,
president of the association, Desmond Hoyte,
explained this was due to the fact that several
of the volunteers as well worked full-time hence
at times found it a bit difficult juggling work
and the club.
However, in 2013, with the addition of some new
faces and a renewed effort to fulfill their mantra, the
group was re-energized.
So officially starting from last Christmas the
youngsters began to push towards their goal once
more. The first initiative of the resumed group was
to raise $6,000 through a Christmas raffle. When
collected, the funds would be donated to several
children’s homes across the island. The goal was
not achieved as the club was only able to raise
Speaking at the presentation for the raffle winners
yesterday afternoon in Queen’s Park in The City,
Hoyte said despite this they will not be deterred or
give up. In under two months they have been able
to assist some 150 persons, the young man said, and
he guaranteed that the public will indeed be hearing
more from the group as they had several other plans
for this year.
Initially, when the group began their main focus
was supporting children but, as their name implied,
their renewed goal was to assist a larger section of
people. Thus, they have now expanded to include
the elderly as well as vagrants and are hopeful that
the planned fair plus dollar drive will be helpful in
The prize winners were: Shanelle Alleyne, who
collected the first prize of a tablet on behalf of her
daughter Kenya Stoute, while the second prize of a
cell phone went to George Reifer. The third prize
winner was unable to collect the prize of a blender.