The Soroptimist Senior Citizens Village in Eden Lodge recently got a much needed facelift thanks to the members of the Barbados Defence Force and Harris Paints staffers who created the fresh look as part of their community outreach programmes.
Soroptimist International Barbados had approached both Harris Paints and the Defence Force to assist in the maintenance of what is now their oldest and largest community project –– the Senior Citizens Village.
“The 24 housing units require ongoing maintenance and funding, and because it is not a profit-making venture [the residents only pay a nominal rent which is less than market value], the club has to find creative ways of maintaining the property,” stated club president Danielle Maycock. “We are therefore very grateful to Harris Paints and the Barbados Defence Force for giving of their time and high quality products to assist in the upgrade to the units at the Village.
“The residents are extremely happy with the ten peac-coloured units which we had painted this time around,” Maycock added.
Harris Paints CEO Ian Kenyon said while the company got numerous requests from members of the community to assist in various projects, it had to be selective because it could not service all.
“But this project was an excellent opportunity to assist the senior citizens in our community who have already given to the society by dint of their hard work over the years, and now that they are in the Village, they should be able to live comfortably; and we were happy to assist in this regard.
“When we heard that the Defence Force was going to be doing the painting, that made it even easier, as we were assured that our products would have been capably applied which of course enhances the durability of the job,” Kenyon said.