One lucky Barbadian will win a piece of the rock in this year’s Lot 5 For 50 competition.
The Natural Cultural Foundation (NCF), in partnership with Capita Financial and the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union, today revealed their special initiative recognizing the 50th Independence celebrations.
NCF chairman Maureen Graham could not conceal her excitement over the project. The idea came from witnessing what she called a “sea of people” at this year’s Vintage Reggae Show and hoping for the same attendance at the NCF’s Crop Over events.
Red Plastic Bag suggested awarding a piece of land to calypsonians as an incentive. NCF chief executive officer Cranston Browne decided that rather than giving the land to calypsonians, it should be given to the people.
With the backing of sponsors, the NCF board and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, the No. 5 lot of Deane’s Town Terrace in St James, of over 4,300 square feet, is now up for grabs.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley shared in Graham’s excitement, offering his complete support to make the idea happen.
“Every year, we try to inject something new and fresh into Crop Over. It is the most exciting festival of its kind in the world,” Lashley said, adding the Lot 5 for 50 idea would help to empower at least one Barbadian resident.
The minister said Crop Over was off to an exciting start.
“Crop Over is growing at leaps and bounds, and I really feel very happy about the involvement of the private sector.”
Foreday Morning will feature approximately 55 bands, while Grand Kadooment, so far, has 35; and 103 calypsonians have so far expressed their interest in the Pic-O-De-Crop competition. Lashley lauded the NCF for its initiative and continuing contribution to successful Crop Over seasons.
Capita Financial president and CEO Paul Maxwell was also extremely excited and pleased about the idea. Heading a company offering mortgages to the public, Paul said he jumped on board the initiative, “which would transcend the lifetime of the winner”.
The winner will be chosen from Barbadians, over the age of 18, who have purchased a ticket to any of the NCF events. Contact information will be filled out at the back of the ticket and dropped into available boxes upon entering the event. The grand draw will be at the end of Crop Over.