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Lane receives award from Queen

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Lane receives award from Queen

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Founder of Nature Fun Ranch, Corey Lane,  has received more international recognition for the work he is doing to save at risk youth.

Lane has been given the Commonwealth Points Of Light Award by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, while the United States has selected him to participate in a month-long professional development programme there.

He created the charity facility in St Andrew to provide a positive alternative for young Barbadians at risk of falling into a life of crime. Over 2 000 young people have benefited from the venture.

They work on the farm producing fruit and vegetables, which are distributed to hospitals. There are also sporting activities and a stable of 16 horses, all of which play a pivotal role in the development of healthy lifestyles and leadership skills.

 The Commonwealth Points Of  Light Award recognises outstanding volunteers, whose service is making a difference in their communities and whose stories can inspire others to create innovative solutions to social challenges.

Queen Elizabeth II recognised Lane as the 57th Commonwealth Point of Light Tuesday with the award, which was presented by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at Government House, in the presence of British High Commissioner Janet Douglas.

He is the second Point Of Light recipient from Barbados.

Lane was “extremely happy” to be the second Barbadian to receive the award, since he had celebrated 20 years of service through the Nature Fun Ranch just days before.

“This is where we created an innovative and adventurous way of getting at-risk young people to become citizens of excellence” he said, while thanking the Queen for the honour. (GC)