The West Grand Bahama Youth Development Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a host of monthly events throughout the year.
During a press conference on Monday (January 16), with representatives of the association at the Total Education Center (TEC) campus in Hawksbill, Fred Delancy, Co-Founder of the Association spoke on the significance of the organization.
“Since 1992 the West Grand Bahama Youth Development Association has consistently exposed residents, especially young people, to numerous spiritual, cultural, sporting, social, leadership and community development programs.
“Through these programs thousands of lives were positively impacted towards becoming responsible and productive members of society,” he said
According to Delancy, to commemorate these accomplishments, the association aims to coordinate at least one event each month throughout the course of 2017.
“Under the patronage of the Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the West Grand Bahama Youth Development Association will host its first set of activities on Sunday, January 29,” he said.
Delancy noted that the day’s events would begin with a church service at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church in Eight Mile Rock. Immediately following the service, the Eight Mile Rock Library will be rededicated and named after the late Rev. Wilbur Outten. Then at 2:00 p.m. the celebration will move to the Eight Mile Rock Gymnasium, where a special luncheon and exhibition will be held.
“The luncheon will serve as a fund-raiser to assist in the restoration of the Total Educational Center,” he said.
He added that another building in Eight Mile Rock would also benefit from the fund-raiser. Both properties were devastated in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.
Delancy implores corporate Grand Bahama, as well as residents to support TEC’s efforts to expose young people to quality general, academic, technical and social experiences.
Delancy went on to list the events planned for the coming months.
“Next month the association will host the first Oral “Big O” Jones Community Basketball Tournament, followed by a major Bahamian Cultural Festival in March. In April we will focus on community and environment; May, we will be focused on continuing education and in June, will be the 25th Annual Summer Camp. The year will continue with other special events each month,” he explained.
Cecil Thompson, Co-Director of the association and Rev. Lindy Russell were also in attendance and they too encouraged the community to support the various events.
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017