More emphasis is being placed on partying and staying safe this festival season.
Given that 2023 has brought with it, the first complete Crop Over season since the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing Barbadians to fully immerse themselves in the sweetest summer festival yet again, three entities are partnering to ensure that safety is a top priority.
Sagicor General Insurance Inc, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Barbados and Urgent Care Barbados are encouraging partygoers to be responsible and take advantage of on-site event services at major Crop Over parties.
The three entities have come together under the initiative “Party Safe with Sagicor”, which was conceptualised by the JCI Barbados before being adopted by Sagicor General and Urgent Care Barbados. At select events during the Crop Over season, patrons will be able to visit the health-focused “Sagicor Cares Sober Lounge” if they require immediate medical care or need assistance with sobering up and rehydrating.
Patrick Hinkson, General Manager of Sagicor General Insurance Inc. for Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean, said “Particularly with the unprecedented levels of heat being experienced here in Barbados this summer, we believe that there is a need for individuals to be reminded about the importance of hydration, which can significantly reduce the negative effects of alcohol, therefore lowering the numbers of intoxicated patrons that venture out onto the roads following these events.
“We certainly want to encourage Barbadians to participate as much as possible in the Caribbean’s sweetest summer festival. However, we want them to do so while being mindful of their health and safety”, Hinkson added.
The first “Sagicor Cares Sober Lounge” was installed at the popular breakfast party “Awaken”, which was held earlier this