Since February, several Barbadians and Barbadian organizations in the Diaspora have found every excuse and reason, formal or informal, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’ Independence.
Among other things, those celebrating the Golden Jubilee have attended a fun day, church services, and dances. Some persons have also donned outfits in the national colours or have been selling anniversary memorabilia.
Many Barbados living here in New York and elsewhere in North American are planning to come home for the historic occasion on November 30. Among them is a group of Foundation School old scholars.
Going on tour biannually is an integral part of the Foundation School New York Alumni’s fundraising portfolio. It is no surprise, therefore, that about 50 members, family and friends have already packed their bags in preparation for visiting Barbados from November 25 until December 5 for the last lap of the Independence celebrations.
In Barbados, the group plans to enjoy and participate in local events, including their own catamaran cruise, rum and souse lime at Golden Sands and a picnic. However, what is interesting is that the group has already started to celebrate.
Recently, about 250 members, friends and supporters of the alumni transformed the organization’s annual October Dance – held at St Gabriel’s Golden Hall – into a launch pad and pre celebration.
Some patrons wore black, blue or gold gowns. Others were dressed in their Sunday go-to-meetings outfits. Still others added hats and posed with cigars as they took pictures.
Additionally, centerpieces on the tables and decorations reflected the Independence theme.
President Beverly Callender thought the event was well supported and successful. “The dance was a success. I was very pleased with the support of our friends and organizations,” she said, adding:
“On this occasion, we were extremely proud to present scholarships to three deserving young people with bright futures and who are pursuing studies in the fields of medicine and computer science.
“We congratulate Mr Khalil Maxwell who attends the University of Miami; Ms. Annette Gill – a former student of Foundation School Barbados now attending University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and Alianne Brathwaite, who is attending Mount Holyoke College.”
Additionally, according to Callender, the alumni’s annual September 5K health walk and picnic was extremely well attended. Proceeds from this event will be donated to support prostate and pancreatic cancer research.
This year, the alumni also donated supplies to their former school at Church Hill, Christ Church.
“I am exceptionally happy and proud of our achievements. The Foundation School Alumni New York has had another year of growth and we have had huge success with all the events of 2016,” Callender said.
“We could not have succeeded without the support of organizations and patrons. I also wish to publicly thank members for the team effort. We will remain active and strong.”