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The United Youth Leaders of Barbados is doing its part to end child hunger.

Word of this came yesterday morning from Chairman of the registered charity, Christa Soleyn during a press conference to launch the Barbados Youth Leadership Retreat, which comes off from December 27 to 30.

Soleyn said it was always her dream to get the participants of the annual Retreat to donate canned items to persons in need and as a means of following through with this, they are partnering with the Child Care Board, which has identified some disadvantaged families who are in need of assistance. In addition to working with the Child Care Board on this initiative, Soleyn indicated that insurance brokerage firm Gallagher Caribbean Group has come on board and is sponsoring the project.


From left to right: Rahaim Sandiford, Ramana Fields, Travis Gardiner, Chairman of the United Youth Leaders of Barbados Christa Soleyn, Ricardo Greenidge, Julia Layne of Gallagher Caribbean Group and Allan Farmer, show off one of the hampers which they are creating.

From left to right: Rahaim Sandiford, Ramana Fields, Travis Gardiner,
Chairman of the United Youth Leaders of Barbados Christa Soleyn, Ricardo Greenidge,
Julia Layne of Gallagher Caribbean Group and Allan Farmer, show off one of the hampers which they are creating.

The insurance brokerage is among a number of organisations that are lending a helping hand to the Retreat this year; other sponsors include the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust and the Maria 

Holder Memorial Trust. Contributions have also been received from UNICEF as well as local businesses and individuals.

Speaking to their involvement in the initiative, Assistant Broker at Gallagher Caribbean Group, Julia Layne, explained that it is the activity they are embarking on this year in memory of former colleague Annette Walcott, who passed away in July 2011. Layne explained that every year the company does something to remember their late colleague and given her love for children, they thought that the end child hunger initiative of United Youth Leaders of Barbados would be a desiring of their support.

“She loved children and she would be so grateful that we did this positive thing for youth… and to help end hunger,” she added.
Meanwhile, Julian Sacher, trustee with the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust lauded United Youth Leaders of Barbados for the work they have been doing over the years, explaining that it is in keeping with the Trust’s main objective which is to be of some help to the youth of this country. 

 

Retrieved from: The Barbados Advocate