Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has hailed Kiwanis clubs in Barbados as important partners, particularly in light of Government’s fiscal restrictions.
Delivering the main address at the Kiwanis Club of Bridgetown’s 40th anniversary celebrations at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination last night, Stuart said Barbadians need to work even closer.
“Indeed the Kiwanis have a unique perception of service …with no expectation of payment,” he said, adding, “Let me remind you that the administration which I was asked to lead from 2010 is committed to principles very similar to those of
The prime minister pointed to Government policies, which he said aimed to protect vulnerable people in society, including young people and the elderly.
“In light of the prolonged economic downturn we are facilitating the spread of the entrepreneurial culture as a means of diversifying and growing the economy to finance essential services and worthy causes,” he asserted.
He added, “what we’ve been taught in an unforgettable way, is that no matter how noble our intentions, no matter how much we want to practice philanthropy, we cannot do so unless we have the resources to dispense. We cannot give to others if we do not have enough for ourselves, and we cannot spend if we have not earned. Since Government cannot do it alone, we welcome service clubs like the Kiwanis clubs as important partners.”