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Transport Board doing its part

Michelle Yearwood of the QEH (left) accepts the pulse Oximeters from Secretary of the Club, Lisa Marshall.

Michelle Yearwood of the QEH (left) accepts the pulse Oximeters from Secretary of the Club, Lisa Marshall.

Workers at the Barbados Transport Board are doing much more than carrying passengers from one location to another.

About three years ago they formed the Transport Board Sports, Social & Cultural Club as a means to transport gifts of kindness to fellow workers as well as Barbadians generally.

This year, one of their immediate plans was to establish a membership development programme. This project will offer classes in four Caribbean Examination Council subjects, and President of the TBSSCC, Desmond Sabir, told Barbados TODAY it was designed to enhance workers academically and to heighten their marketability in case an opportunity for promotion presented itself.

This programme is but one of many which the workers have initiated. They also have the TBSSCC Members Emergency Assistance Fund. That project was conceived to assist fellow club members who may suffer financial hardship due to a medical or catastrophic event.

These included loss or damage to property due to fire or natural disasters, death in the immediate family, an accident, illness or disability or major surgeries.

The club has also reached out to the public. Last January, after returning to the island from an annual trip to New York, members donated six Pulse Oximeters to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“Another friend told us that they believed something like this would be useful at the hospital,” Sabir said.

They have also purchased groceries for less fortunate Barbadians and intend to continue their external outreach programmes by adopting a children’s home, assisting retired staff members, supporting the Barbados Kidney Association, the HIV/AIDS food bank and the homeless. (KC)

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