Entertainers pitch in to help homeless  

The Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society (BVHS) today launched a Building a Future for the Homeless campaign, with some well-known comedians and entertainers on board to help push the fundraising drive.

Seth Xcel Bovell, Nadia No Filter Phillips, Lead Pipe & Saddis, and Rorrey Fenty, brother of pop star Rihanna, have all committed to helping the Society raise enough funds to purchase a new building to better meet the needs of the homeless they serve.

(From left) President of the Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society, Kemar Saffrey; Nadia ‘No Filter’ Phillips; Ozzie ‘Leadpipe’ Reid; Marketing Officer at Unicomer (Courts Ltd.) Tisha D’Hayle; Reshawn ‘Saddis’ Ince; Seth ‘Xcel’ Bovell; and Sharon Howell, Marketing Officer, Communication and Customer Service, at Republic Bank.
(From left) President of the Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society, Kemar Saffrey; Nadia ‘No Filter’ Phillips; Ozzie ‘Leadpipe’ Reid; Marketing Officer at Unicomer (Courts Ltd.) Tisha D’Hayle; Reshawn ‘Saddis’ Ince; Seth ‘Xcel’ Bovell; and Sharon Howell, Marketing Officer, Communication and Customer Service, at Republic Bank.

BVHS president Kemar Saffrey said the organization has outgrown its Tudor Street headquarters and the building it has its eye on costs around $1.7 million. Through the fundraising drive, the aim is to reach that goal before year-end.

President of the Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society, Kemar Saffrey.
President of the Barbados Vagrants & Homeless Society, Kemar Saffrey.

Bottles will be placed at 24 locations of Republic Bank, CIBC First Caribbean, and Unicomer (Courts Ltd.) – all corporate backers of the campaign – for members of the public to make donations.

Xcel said videos about the campaign would be “coming heavy” soon, as he uses his social media platforms to promote the worthy cause.

He urged Barbadians to give generously.

“Barbados, I know wunna got money. I see the receipts at the supermarket, so it’s time to share, sharing is caring!” he declared, adding on a more serious note, “It’s best to give and treat people how you would want to be treated.”

Phillips was also pleased to be part of the initiative.

“We are very fortunate. I don’t think that I could imagine sleeping on the streets,” she said, applauding Saffrey for his efforts.

Even though it has limited space, the eight-year-old BVHS still manages to cater to over 70 people on a daily basis.

According to Saffrey, the charity can also boast of “a 97 per cent success rate in getting people off the streets and rehabilitated”. 

5 Responses to Entertainers pitch in to help homeless  

  1. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham August 25, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    it would impress me more, if the BVHS, would, really help these drop outs of society, teach them how to be come self employed, ask for donations of tools,that they can borrow for a limited time to create employment for themselves/help them to regain confidence /reenter society,be it weed whackers carpentry equipment, or an area in a building like the old NIS, building , to give courses, to those who really need a helping hand, giving drop outs gifts enables them to be dependent/that is not helping them/why is it every time a charitable gift is given it has to be in the press, that is not genuine at all,but just preserving ones interest, to impress society

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    • Julia Robinson
      Julia Robinson August 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Bajans complain too damn much…do your part and not worry about others.

      Reply
  2. Bajan Sebastian
    Bajan Sebastian August 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    That’s the right spirit unstoppable runner way train

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  3. Hal Austin August 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    We can build a couple hostels for homeless men and women. Surely this cannot be beyond the government.

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  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Giving something back to the community.

    Reply

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