BARBADIANS SPONSORING ARAWAK SPORTS FESTIVAL IN GUYANA
A group of Barbadians have decided to come together and sponsor an unprecedented 4-day long sports festival on Pakuri Arawak Territory in Guyana next month – featuring such events as Archery, Cricket, Canoe-racing and Football – for both males and females in the tribe.
It seems the concept is the brainchild of Damon Corrie – a well known Barbadian of Guyanese Arawak descent who said that he wants to give the Arawak youth something positive to apply their natural talents to; and prepare for annually hereafter.
The current July 2007 event will be known officially as the ‘Ernest C. Simon Memorial Sports Festival‘ – in honor of Damon’s sport’s loving Arawak brother-in-law who died in 2001 at the age of 33.
Corrie said that although he put the idea to his relatives in Barbados in a very last-minute fashion – they immediately saw the merit in it and offered to donate prize money and trophies (which are being made by the Barbados firm of Blades & Williams Trophies Ltd.), with relatives abroad also getting involved and even non-relatives who got wind of the idea wanting to participate and making donations.