The current economic situation is not hindering Barbadians from giving freely to those persons who are in need.

This was the general consensus following the Rally and Food Drive which was organised by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) last Saturday, to raise donations for the HIV Food Bank.

The BGIS team, along with 98.1 FM DJ Kirk Brown, DJ Blaqrose and volunteers from the Food Bank, travelled around the island aboard the Transport Board???s old time jitney bus and a truck which was donated by Alpha 24 Sound Systems.

Information Officer at the BGIS, Sharifa Medford, pointed out that the activity was well received by members of the public, and their interest in supporting the cause was reflected in the numerous donations which were collected.

???We made eight stops during the day, including Heroes Square, Oistins, Tony???s Snack Bar, and Lemon Arbor, and the reception from persons in those areas was great. As persons came to the truck to drop their donations in the barrels, or to give one of our team members their cash contribution, we heard how pleased they were that such initiatives [the rally and the concert] were being held to assist persons living with, or affected by, HIV.

???From the huge interest which was displayed all across the island we can safely say that Barbadians are not only aware of what the BGIS is doing to assist in this very important cause, but they are also more aware of the prevalence of HIV and AIDS,??? Ms Medford opined.

Noting the keen interest of the businesses where the rally stopped throughout the day, and their willingness to play a part in the activity, the BGIS Officer stated: ???While we understand that everyone may not be able to contribute in kind, we are sincerely grateful for any contribution to the staging of the event. Special thanks to the management of Sheraton Mall, Super Centre Warrens, Sky Mall, The Village Bar in Lemon Arbor, St. John, and Jordans Supermarket Speightstown, for immediately giving us the green light to utilise any open space on their premises,??? she added.

The initiative preceded the organisation???s Love, Poetry and Song charity concert which comes off at Ilaro Court, this Saturday, February 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m.??

Author: Shamkoe Pil??

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