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Miss Barbados USA gives to elderly

Miss Barbados USA, Natasha Sivers is more than just a beautiful woman; she is a beauty with a purpose.

Born in the United States, she came to Barbados at the age of four and spent the majority of her life on the island where she attended the Bay Primary and Deighton Griffith Secondary school. Sivers also studied at the Barbados Community College where she attained an Associate Degree in Accounts and later a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the West Indies.

Last year, the 24 year old returned to her birth place and entered the Cool Bajan Promotions Miss Barbados USA pageant and won. In an interview with Barbados TODAY she said that while she relocated to the US, Barbados would always be her home and she would never forget about it.

When Ainsley Allder started the show in 1979, it was held to coincide with the Barbados’ Independence celebrations and used as a way for Bajans abroad to feel a sense of “home” in their new home. Since its establishment, the first prize of the pageant has included a trip to Barbados during Crop-Over when the winner would be hosted by the Barbados Tourism Authority.

As part of the prize as well, Miss Barbados USA would contribute to a worthy cause on the island. When she won, she said, she knew exactly what cause she would contribute to.

Pageant coordinator and Siver’s chaperone on the trip, Maureen Bryan, explained that as a child attending primary school, she was a member of the Bay Primary Brownies Unit. On regular occasions they would visit the residents of the Geriatric Hospital, located a stone throw away from the school in Beckles Road, St. Michael. So it was no surprise when the reigning queen decided to present the hospital with a gift upon her return.

Last week she presented officials with ten blood pressure monitors. Bryan said the token was their way of giving back to Barbados.

“Every year we ask them what they want to do, and it usually depends on the interest of the reigning queen; like a former queen was in law school and we visited the courts,” she said.

This was not their first such donation. Though Bryan said she could not remember all the causes they had given to over the years, she noted they previously contributed to the Child Care Board and last year the Nightingale Home. In spite of the economic challenges, she added, they would continue to give to charities.

On behalf of the staff and close to 340 residents of the hospital, acting manager, Joanell Oxley-Worrell, thanked the contingent for the blood pressure monitors.

“These would assist our caregivers in carrying out high quality health care which we aim for. It is our hope that other organisations will also assist us,” she said. (KC)

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