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60 taken on Joy ride to St Philip

TRE GREAVES, [email protected]

60 taken on Joy ride to St Philip

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Sixty barbadians, both young and old, got a chance to enjoy a Christmas delight when they took part in the Joy To The World Tour yesterday evening.

Organiser and philanthropist Julie Dash said the tour, formerly the Christmas Wishes Bus Ride, had this year seen an increase in the number who went “Joy riding”.

In comparison to the 30 elderly people treated to last year’s bus ride, that number was doubled this year to include 60 people, both young and old.

Dash said the increase in number was made possible through support from corporate Barbados.

The elderly, who were over the age of 65 and going through some hard times, had been nominated by members of the public through a radio show.

Dash said the children on the tour between 12 and 16 years were also facing challenges of their own.

“Young people need wisdom and guidance, and old people need companionship so on the ride we have a youngster sitting next to an older person in hopes of fostering relationships.

“The elderly sometimes wish that they might be able to get assistance in the simplest way, whether that might be something as simple as cutting a hedge or going to the grocery store, so that was our intention. It’s good to bring people together,” Dash told the DAILY NATION.

This year, as opposed to starting in St Philip, the bus tour began at the Carlton complex in Black Rock, St Michael. It made its way across Bank Hall, Collymore Rock, The Garrison, along the South Coast, Grantley Adams International Airport before ending at King George V Memorial Park in St Philip.

Along the way, Red Plastic Bag, Mr Blood, Smokey Burke and Mac Fingall entertained those on tour, as well as scores of onlookers who waved as the Joy riders made their way along the route.

At King George V Park, patrons were treated to a sumptuous dinner and other treats. (TG)