US Bajans: Not missing jubilee

They are thousands of miles away from home, but the Barbadian Diaspora in the United States are ensuring they do not miss out on celebrating the golden jubilee of their birthplace.

This past weekend, the Barbados Consulate in New York launched its activities for the island’s 50th Anniversary Of Independence in grand style. Consul General Dr Donna Hunte-Cox told Barbados TODAY the events earmarked to lead up to the big day –– November 30 –– had begun with the painting of a section of the Nazareth High School under Barbados Gives Back, as part of the consulate’s outreach programme.

Consul General Dr Donna Hunte-Cox.
Consul General Dr Donna Hunte-Cox.

“Nazareth High School was a principal action location for several Caribbean organizations in the early days, but changed sometime ago. However, during this 50th Independence Anniversary, we wanted to say thank you for their contribution over the years,” Hunte-Cox explained.

The consul general added that apart from staff of her office, members of the Diaspora had also taken part in the school painting, including three children.

The three children who took part in the community outreach programme pause to have a snack.
The three children who took part in the community outreach programme pause to have a snack.
Staffer of the Barbados Consulate in New York and member of the Disapora painting the Nazareth High School.
Staffer of the Barbados Consulate in New York and member of the Disapora painting the Nazareth High School.

There was also a Sponsors And Media Launch with a lighting ceremony of a Barbados Independence Tree. That tree was decorated with blue and gold lights and accented with balls of the same colour.

The 50th Independence Anniversary Tree.
The 50th Independence Anniversary Tree.

“Each guest was also give a medallion to hang on the tree, and it came to light with photos of present and past Prime Ministers, flags, Coats Of Arms, 50th Anniversary logos and, of course, lights,” the consul general said. (FW)

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