The Rotary Club of Barbados South, itself known for charitable and compassionate deeds, last night honoured three Barbadians for using their professions to assist in the further development of people at home and abroad.
During a dinner marking the club’s 33rd Charter Night, registered nurse Jenny Tryhane, medical doctor Adrian Lorde and educator Rudy Gibbons were presented with the 2018 Vocational Service Awards for consistently going “above and beyond the realm of their vocation or occupational duties”.
“Our honourees are persons who have exemplified professional achievement, and through such vocations have rendered outstanding service to the community while maintaining high ethical standards,” Rotarian Malcolm Mapp explained, adding that “this is one of the means we use to highlight the value of serving humanity through one’s career”.
Tryhane, who trained and worked in the United Kingdom health sector for 25 years, is the founder of United Caribbean Trust, which began as a faith-based organization to help victims of Hurricane Ivan in Grenada in September 2004.
Having expanded to various countries around the world where there are vulnerable communities, Tryhane has led her charity with voluntary humanitarian work in India, Haiti, Nepal, Suriname and parts of the continent of Africa.
Since late 2017 she has been busy jumping on fishing boats to ferry supplies to Caribbean islands hit by last year’s devastating hurricanes.
A recipient of the 2009 CIBCFirstCaribbean Unsung Heroes Award, Tryhane was last night awarded for outstanding work in providing assistance to people in vulnerable communities.
Dr Lorde, who is the founding President of the Barbados Sports Medicine Association, has led anti-doping testing at all levels in local, regional and international sports.
He was awarded for his outstanding contribution to sports medicine at all levels locally, regionally and internationally, while Gibbons, who was the executive trustee of Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity for over 30 years, was awarded for his outstanding contribution to the development of professionals through further education in Barbados and the region.
But even as this club recognized others who have selflessly given towards the betterment of humanity, President Hiranand Thani announced at the Accra Beach Resort that through various fund-raising efforts the combined Rotary clubs of Barbados have obtained more than a quarter of a million dollars to assist hurricane-battered sister Caribbean islands.
“Rotary Clubs in Barbados have again had to help our Caribbean neighbours, especially Dominica, Anguilla and Barbuda as a result of the hurricane devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria,” he said.
Hiranand reported that the clubs, “sprang into action and collected funds to help these island nations … collecting water and food items to ship to Dominica and in some cases the other affected islands”.
By seeking donations through a radiothon, he said, “we collected $205,000 during the appeal and this money will now be deployed to assist with the rebuilding efforts.
“In addition, Rotary Club of Barbados South, in association with the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, also held a fund-raising dinner specifically for the Dominica Appeal and raised the sum of $55,135.26.”