Barbadian Media Personality launches charity in UK to assist folk at home

When Star Radio was in existence, the inert radio boxes at the QEH and some Bajan homes, every Saturday was Auntie Olga’s “Children’s Party – Pageant Of Youth” from about nine until ten or longer. Sometimes I thought Olga was a bit rough or patronising of the kids others who did not seem so “talented” she let drone on for ever so long and I’d wonder why…

Two of the characters were Granny and George, both played by Carson Small, his talent was not limited to voice characters but also finding a physically challenged person or issue to highlight in “Far & Wide,” a programme which I believe is still running on the Starcom Network (Carson himself endures visual challenges from day to day and brushes it aside like Barack Obama’s shoulder).

Well, Carson has indeed gone far and wide – all the way to a Brit town which has twinned with Speightstown – Reading, UK… Reading has no rhyme with LEADING more like BEDDING, ok? Anyways, here’s what S&B media’s Get Reading had to say –

Broadcaster Carson Small, whose brother Peter lives in West Reading, will visit the UK to thank people for donating cash to the charity which he launched.

The Carson Small Foundation, building on Reading?s links to Barbados, was set up to help Bajan people.

Over the years people in Reading ? which boasts the largest Bajan population outside of Barbados ? have raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

The brothers also have plans to celebrate their actual birthplace as well, as we learned from S&B media’s Get Reading

The charity now has plans to adopt another Bajan hospital, the St Thomas? District Hospital in St Thomas ? where the Small brothers were born.

The foundation, linked with the West Indian Women?s Circle, based at Ansantewa House in Fobney Street, Central Reading, has also raised money for other causes in Barbados and Britain.

?We give money anywhere ? to anyone who needs it,? said Mr Small, who lives in Chester Street, having left Barbados 44 years ago.

Mr Small, excited about his brother?s imminent arrival, continued: ?My brother is coming to the UK to say thank you to the people of Reading and what they have given him.?

In his native Barbados Carson is something of a celebrity. His brother said when he walks down the street people stop him and talk to him ? but he uses his fame to raise money.

A Bajan-style meal and dance celebration, to raise cash for the foundation and provide people with the chance to speak to Carson, will take place on Saturday, May 31, at 79 London Street, Katesgrove.

Here’s hoping that Starcom Network gives Carson the proper send-off he so richly deserves!

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