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Angel Tree lights up


RACHELLE AGARD

Angel Tree lights up

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THE ANGEL TREE 2015 was lit up this evening to in celebration of the children.

The Prison Fellowship of Barbados celebrates its 24th anniversary this year, and officially launched its programme at Divi Southwinds in Dover, Christ Church.

Reverend Haynesley Griffith, feature speaker for the evening, challenged all men to pay attention to their young charges. “I challenge all men who have not been faithful to their commitment to their children to do so, for it is never too late to bond with your child especially with our teenage children.”

He also encouraged those in attendance to not single out children due to one of their parents being incarcerated, but rather, “… invest in the Prison Fellowship of Barbados to assist in the rehabilitation of incarcerated individuals even before their release to encourage them not to become repeat offenders”.

The Christmas tree is adorned with angels, each one representing a child who would receive a gift from the Prison Fellowship. It was lit by Griffith and Zakiya Agard, a student of The Lodge School.

A gift of children’s books was donated by Karen Austin of Days Bookstores, who described the experience as “inspiring”.

“I am honoured to be a part of such a venture. So inspired am I, that I plan to add to the contribution of books I have made tonight. This is a great venture,” she said.

Entertainment was done by students of The St Michael School and The Lodge School. The highlight of the evening was a musical dance piece done by head girl and reigning queen of Grantley Adams Memorial, Anastacia Bennett. (RA)

 

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