The National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABSD) kicked off their week of community service projects on Grand Bahama with a feeding initiative at the Freeport Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Monday (November 5).
Assistant Manager of the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Office Karenda Swain spoke about the group’s purpose on the island.
She stated that about 20 non-divers will be participating in various community service activities throughout the island. The feeding programme is one of their first projects on the island, where meals will be prepared for approximately 125 persons in the community.
NABS is currently hosting its annual summit which began on Saturday, November 3 and ends on Saturday, November 10 here on Grand Bahama Island and during the week 60 divers dove daily with the Under-Water Explorers Society (UNEXSO).
The community service projects also included visiting various schools, visiting the elderly and participating in a beach clean-up.
NABSD’s mission to participate in community outreach was created many years before, when the members decided to give back to the various places they visited during their summit trips.
Grand Bahama was added to the list when Ruthie Browning, a member of NABS, visited the island in 2009.
The group brought food items, including beans and rice and received the remaining items from various partners on the island. This initiative and all the others are in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Urban Renewal and the Freeport Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community Services Department Feeding Programme.
Deputy Director of Urban Renewal, Senator Jasmine Dareus also attended the feeding initiative. and expressed that Urban Renewal was happy to collaborate with the Ministry of Tourism and NABSD.
Sen. Dareus noted that it is always good to touch the lives of persons in the community especially the elderly.
“One of the ways you know that a nation is doing well is the way that they treat their elderly and so we are really happy to touch the lives and look at the faces of some of the people here,” she said.
Sen. Dareus also thanked NABSD for taking the time out of their summit week to host the feeding programme.
Benjamin Sands, Director of the Evangeline Jervis Community Centre, also spoke to this daily. He stated that the centre helps hundreds of persons weekly through the donation of food.
Sands took the opportunity to appeal to corporate Grand Bahama, to lend assistance to the centre which is much-needed. “We would like to have more corporate involvement.”
He finally expressed gratitude for the feeding programme, noting that it gives the centre a chance to show the public what they do on a daily basis.