Boots bring hope

President of the Alzheimer’s Association, Pamelia Brereton, contributing her two cents as Chief Fire Officer, Wilfred Marshall, and Director of Currency at the Cnetral Bank, Octavia Gibson look on.

Boots, boots, boots and more boots were filled to capacity with one cent coins as the Barbados Fire Service made another contribution to the Making Sense of Cents drive.

This morning at the Probyn Street headquarters in the City, representatives from the fire service handed over eight boots with the cents to President of the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association, Pamelia Brereton, and Deputy Director of Currency of the Central Bank of Barbados, Octavia Gibson.

This was the service’s second contribution to the drive to raise the $50,000 needed to help build a day care facility for sufferers of Alzheimer’s. On World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21, which was also designated as National Collection Day, the firemen also donated six boots filled with cents.


Chief Fire Officer, Wilfred Marshall, congratulated the members of the force for their quick, positive response to the initiative. He added that they intended to continue collecting cents for the cause and he encouraged other Government institutions and businesses to do the same because as he put it, it was a worthwhile project that had little impact on the pockets of the givers.

“None of us knows if we will fall into that sector in the future, I believe that some of us have elderly family at this time who will be suffering from this disease. Those of you who can contribute more than cents … can contribute dollars, and I will encourage those of you who can.

“I will use this opportunity to continue to assist a cause like this one because it is an appeal that impacts any and everyone.” (KC)

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