Gifting at five!

BT celebrates with school students and the needy

Today marked five years since we here at Barbados TODAY have been in operation. And, as is customary for birthdays, it was a time for merriment and gifting. But Barbados TODAY’s management and staff decided to be the ones spreading the cheer, and thus headed out into the community to celebrate.

The first stop was at Sharon Primary School in St Thomas, the alma mater of Editor-In-Chief Kaymar Jordan. The students were more than excited to have our staff visit, and eagerly participated in the morning’s activities. Four lucky children –– Ronasha Phillips, Dimitri Dixon, Tanee Clarke and Trinity Gibson –– won themselves SupraPad 7” Windows tablets. The remaining tablet was then presented to the school itself.

Dimitri Dixon with Editor-in-Chief Kaymar Jordan.
A smiling Ronasha Phillips.
Tanee Clarke was a shy winner.
 Trinity Gibson holding her new tablet.
Trinity Gibson holding her new tablet.

Jordan urged the students to put social media to good use, keeping abreast of what was going on in the world.

And what is a birthday without some cake? The five-year-olds of Sharon Primary had the privilege of blowing out its candles, and cutting and sharing the birthday cake we took there.

The 5 year olds got to blow out the candles.
The 5 year olds got to blow out the candles on the cake.

The Barbados TODAY team then headed to Jackson, St Michael, to surprise five lucky residents who were experiencing difficulties and were in need of some cheer. Our first visit was to Lisa Alexander, who was most definitely taken aback, but quite appreciative of our hamper.

Lisa Alexander receiving her gift.

“It’s a very trying time right now. This could not have come at a better time. Thanks so much for this,” she said, still stunned.

Annette Ishmael was next on the list and she too was elated. After receiving her hamper, she willingly took us to our next recipient Kathy-Ann Taylor.

An appreciative Anette Ishmael.
An appreciative Anette Ishmael.

Kathy-Ann, who had just awoken, and did not want to be photographed, sent her son Keron to accept the hamper on her behalf. She did, however, express profound thanks to Barbados TODAY.

Keron Taylor accepting the hamper for Kathy-ann Taylor.
Keron Taylor accepting the hamper for Kathy-ann Taylor.

Dione Fagan too was in shock when the team showed up at her house, but ever thankful. Fagan and her infant daughter Zeniah came outside to accept our gift, and mingled with the some of the Barbados TODAY staff for a short while.

Dione Fagan had her hands full receiving her gift from Barbados Today's Sales and Marketing Manager David Williams.
Dione Fagan had her hands full receiving her gift from Barbados Today’s Sales and Marketing Manager David Williams.

Roger Lynch would make our last visit; but he was not at home to receive his hamper. His sister Michelle Lynch accepted on his behalf.

Michelle Lynch accepted for
Michelle Lynch accepted on Roger Lynch’s behalf.

The team then took to the busy streets of Warrens to interact with motorists, distributing Barbados TODAY memorabilia.

The fifth anniversary celebrations will continue for the rest of the week, with different teams visiting primary and secondary schools, gifting and delivering hampers to others in need.  

4 Responses to Gifting at five!

  1. Alicia Payne January 27, 2015 at 10:29 am

    keep up the good work and may God continue to blees you on your birthday

  2. Alicia Payne January 27, 2015 at 10:32 am


  3. Tony Webster January 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Congrats and best wishes to all the good folks at BT!!!

  4. David Cameron January 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Wonderful for BT to show how close they are to the community.
    May the 10th be as good.


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