For the youth

From left: Inspector Beresford Murray, Superintendent Jedder Robinson, Hutchinson, Griffiths.

Police inspector Anderson Griffith has gone on, but his memory lives.

Last Friday at Police Headquarters in Roebuck Street representative of the Barbados Ex-Police Association of New York, Leroy Hutchinson, presented the Royal Barbados Police Force with a saxophone and a trumpet, which will be given to the winners of a music competition held in Griffith’s honour.

The former member of the police force died on June 20, 2010. Speaking with Barbados TODAY, Inspector Beresford Murray described Griffith as a man who loved children and music and a person who was very passionate about imparting his knowledge of music to children.

For the past three years the force has honoured his memory with the competition which is opened to school aged children from the schools where he taught music. These schools include Ellerslie Secondary School, Queen’s College, Frederick G Smith Secondary and the Alexandra School.

The competition was held at the annual Children’s Christmas Party on December 19, when 12 children performed in song or played a musical instrument. Fifteen-year-old Zakiya Agard of Ellerslie placed first and will receive the saxophone, while Kaysha Springer, 11, of Frederick G. Smith’s was second and will be awarded the trumpet.

They also earned a six-month apprenticeship with the RBPF band, which will provide them with lessons on how to play their instruments.

Hutchinson told persons who attended the presentation that he was happy to help the organisation to which he once belonged, adding that as long as the New York-based association could help, they would continue to assist the RBPF.

In response, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Tyrone Griffith, expressed gratitude to Hutchinson and members of the New York chapter of the ex-police association for “a very splendid gesture”.

“In these tough economic times it is really a wonderful opportunity to still be able to give to our young people some incentive to ensure that they continue to be motivated and to make good of their lives,” Griffith said.

“I am sure that this will be a wonderful gift to those two successful young persons. I would also like to thank Smokey Roett for being a part of the exercise and helping to bring this† to fruition.”

Each year during the children’s party a raffle is held to help raise funds to host the following year’s event. Among the winner’s of this year’s raffle were Irma Abrahams – a staycation for two, Deborah Yearwood – a flat screen television, D. Bryan – a BlackBerry phone, and Myrna Greaves – a Galaxy tablet. (KC)

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