As the Barbados diaspora celebrates Independence, at least one group is appealing for support of the 2019 Barbados Hospice project.
According to very reliable sources, Stedson Wilshire (Red Plastic Bag), a former Calypso King of Barbados and one of Barbados’ Cultural Ambassadors is scheduled to play a significant role in the 52nd Independence anniversary celebrations. One source expects Wilshire to add more than a touch of homegrown music and wants him to make sure that flags and hands of patrons are raised high as Barbadians toast to their nation all night long.
RPB is scheduled to appear at two events. On the evening of Friday November 23, Wilshire will perform at the five-hour (9 p.m. – 2 a.m.) Independence Buffet Dinner Black-Tie Gala which will be held at the Antuns Caterers, in Queens Village. Event organizers have indicated that part of the proceeds will be donated to the free standing Hospice and Palliative Care Hospice project scheduled to open in Barbados in 2019.
The project is a collaborative effort (including Government) that organizers say will offer quality care for persons with chronic and end-of-life illnesses. They propose to provide medical, social, emotional, and, where appropriate, sensitive support to patients and their families in a way that focuses on maintaining peaceful dignity. Additionally, they will remain sensitive to the patient’s cultural, religious, and spiritual needs, whatever they may be.
On Saturday November 24, Wilshire is also scheduled to appear at the Massachusetts five-hour (7 p.m. – 12 midnight) Independence affair organized by the United Barbadians in Massachusetts and due to be held at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury, MA.
Meanwhile, on Saturday November 17, Hypa Sounds and Tony Poser Grazettes are due to woo patrons at Full Circle – the annual Independence show presented by DOUBLE R Entertainment due to be held at the Floyd Benett American Legions Hall in Brooklyn.
The New York celebrations which unofficially began with the well supported recent pre-independence cultural show Broughtupsy, will conclude with the annual non-denominational service of thanksgiving which starts at 4 p.m., and will held this year at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, St Paul’s Street, Brooklyn. This service is organized by the office of Consul General at New York assisted by a group of Barbadian clergy.
Meanwhile, according to one of the organizers of the Independence Gala in Queens, New York, the Honorable Oral “Mackie” Holder who recently assumed duties has agreed to be the patron of the New York gala.
It has also been reported that Consul General Holder recently met and introduced himself to presidents and secretaries of the organization at the consular offices.
In addition to celebrating the Independence of Barbados, Barbadians are also expected to celebrate the re-election of Supreme High Court Judge, Appellant Division, Associate Justice Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix.
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