Several of the island’s special children, who are physically challenged, enjoyed a day at the beach and took away presents during a Surfing Fun-Day on Saturday at Pebbles Beach, St. Michael.
Coordinated by Christian Surfers Barbados, Courtesy Garage and Variety The Children’s Charity, the event was supported by close to 30 volunteers including some of the island’s popular surfers, along with representatives from Barry’s Surf School , Barbados Surfing Trips , Paddle Barbados, Burke’s Surf School and WhatsUp Surfing.
The challenged children – accompanied by parents, relatives and friends on a sunny day – seemingly had a blast surfing and splashing in the calm waters just outside of The City and also enjoyed a range of snacks and drinks.
“I love it … This is the first time in a long time that I got to go the beach. It was really good,” said 15 year-old Shaquon Broome, a wheel-chair bound student of the Frederick Smith Secondary School.
Haydn Rhynd, one of the coordinators of the event, said the Surfing Fun Day was the third of its kind and is usually held on the first Saturday of December every year.
“We are happy as volunteers when we can do something to put smiles on the faces of our special children in an environment that is safe for the whole family. We give back and spread joy through the sport of surfing,” said Rhynd.
Courtesy Garage has played a major role in coordinating and sponsoring the event over the past three years and General Manager Nicholas Mackie said they were proud to assist in spreading joy among the island’s special children.