Gifts for Xavier

Little Xavier Bertrand was treated to a surprise unlike any other today –– after a harrowing ordeal last weekend that left him nursing a gunshot wound to the head.

The Barbados TODAY’S team and corporate sponsors of its community outreach programme Today’s Touch, bearing gifts, paid the nine-year-old a visit at his Clapham, St Michael home this afternoon.

The Barbados TODAY team and corporate partners with Xavier Bertrand and family at their Clapham,  St Michael home.
The Barbados TODAY team and corporate partners with Xavier Bertrand and family at their Clapham,
St Michael home.

“We just came to ensure that you were feeling well and happy. A lot of people who read our paper were very concerned about you,” BT Chief Executive Officer and Editor-In-Chief Kaymar Jordan told Xavier.

With his mum Asha Payne, dad Augustus Bertrand and brother Nequon Springer at his side, Xavier was treated to a number of goodies from several of the company’s partners –– gifts aimed at making his stay at home a little easier.

“We talked to some of the lovely people that we work with. They just wanted to give you a few surprises, because we know that you are not going to be able to go back to school in the short term, so that you can be comfortable,” Jordan explained.

From Chefette, Xavier received a ball, piggy bank, pencil case, colouring book and a number of vouchers, with which he admitted he would purchase rotis, his favourite Chefette meal.

Xavier Bertrand lovingly holding some of his new gifts compliments Chefette Restaurants Limited.
Xavier Bertrand lovingly holding some of his new gifts compliments Chefette Restaurants Limited.

Woolworth gifted him with some games, while Health Smart Pharmacy sent over a voucher for medical supplies to help his family with his expenses.

The family will also get to relax on a cruise, compliments of BT chairman Peter Harris and Jammin’ Cruises.

And although Saturday’s ordeal left the Westbury student fearful of going back into The City, he bravely promised Cave Shepherd’s Duty Free Caribbean brand manager Kay Richards that he would do so to get some books from Pages.

Cave Shepherd brand manager Kay Richards presenting Xavier Bertrand with his gift certificates from Pages.
Cave Shepherd brand manager Kay Richards presenting Xavier Bertrand with his gift certificates from Pages.

“We were very touched by your story as well as your unfortunate circumstances on your trip to town, and we want you to come back to town without any fear. So Pages, through Cave Shepherd, has given you some gift certificates that you can come in and select some more books and school supplies, and things like that, on your next visit to town,” Richards said.

The family was about to enter a store on Swan Street to purchase Xavier’s outfit to attend the Sandy Lane Gold Cup when the incident occurred.

On hearing of his dreams of becoming a “champion jockey, even better than Patrick Husbands”, managing director of Prestige Accounting Inc., David Simpson, and employee Tamita Griffith gave the aspiring horseman a book on his favourite sport.

David Simpson, managing director of Prestige Accounting Inc., handing Xavier Bertrand a book on horse racing.
David Simpson, managing director of Prestige Accounting Inc., and employee Tamita Griffith (hugging) gave Xavier a book on horse racing, as his brother looks on.

However two of the gifts of the afternoon that had Xavier all smiles, and which he said would be shared with his brother, was a Samsung tablet from Pro Sales, and a bicycle from a partner who did not want to be named.

Xavier Bertrand on his new bicycle, as brother Nequon (at left) looks on. Others are Prestige Accounting Inc. head David Simpson, BT’s CEO Kaymar Jordan, Cave Shepherd’s Kay Richards and BT Sales Manager David Williams. 
Xavier Bertrand on his new bicycle, as brother Nequon (at left) looks on. Others are Prestige Accounting Inc. head David Simpson, BT’s CEO Kaymar Jordan, Cave Shepherd’s Kay Richards and BT Sales Manager David Williams.

“We just want you to relax and do little things that children like to do, because we know you went through a traumatic experience,” Jordan explained.

Xavier and his family sent their thank-yous to all for their generosity.

5 Responses to Gifts for Xavier

  1. Caw Blehn
    Caw Blehn March 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

    KAYMAR!!…I LOVE YOU!!!!

    Reply
  2. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward March 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Kudos to Barbados Today

    Reply
  3. Tony Waterman March 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Well done my good and faithful People, perhaps all is NOT yet Lost in Barbados, well done Xavier, you have shown True Grit, May the Good Lord Bless and KEEP you , and yours now and ALWAYS.

    Reply
  4. Maxine Hutchinson March 14, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I am happy to see that persons have responded in this loving manner to Xavier. The issue that I am worried about is that it was published by the media. There are times when we need to do things in secret. We are living in dangerous times and need to protect one another wherever possible.

    Reply
  5. Kofi Akobi March 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    The partner who gave the bicycle and did not want to be named surely gave from the heart.

    Reply

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