Wuh-Lorse! Democratic Labour Party MP’s get hands dirty and set paint to brush with Harris Paints, who Adds Colour to Barbados’ Nightengale Children’s Home

{EDITOR’S NOTE: It seems that the ruling DLP did assist this time around in the Barbados Clean Up, was it because they were ridiculed last year for absence or was it to seek advance Brownie points ahead of the CADRES poll? Were the MPs’ motives altruistic or establishing succession rights?}

Residents of the Nightengale Children’s Home are enjoying more attractive surroundings thanks to Harris Paints’ unique approach to the 2010 Clean Up Barbados Campaign organised by the Future Centre Trust.

A team of enthusiastic Harris Paints employees equipped with paint and paint supplies recently visited the Black Rock based children’s home to repaint the interior of one of the cottages as their innovative contribution to the 2010 Clean Up Barbados Campaign.

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Harris Paints Luke Ticknor said his company welcomes opportunities to give back to the community:

We are pleased to partner with the Future Centre Trust in this worthwhile enterprise. As the Caribbean Champions of Colour, we are aware of the impact colour can have on people’s moods and thus we thought it fitting that we utilise our knowledge and resources to assist others…in this case we are happy that the children from the Nightengale Children’s Home are the beneficiaries.”

House Parent at the Nightengale Children’s Home, Evadney Aurilien was also pleased with the kind gesture noting that the wards and the children would enjoy the fresh new colour:

It feels like an early Christmas gift that we sincerely appreciate…currently the cottage which was painted, “Lily Cot” is home to six girls who I am sure will enjoy the brightened rooms… the colours chosen – Blush, Cantaloupe, Corn and Blue Lagoon, all bright, pastel colours was an excellent selection as it definitely makes the cottage sunnier and will have a positive impact on the children.”

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, the Hon. Christopher Sinckler attended the recent refurbishment and noted that private sector involvement and support is always appreciated:

Budgetary constraints and limited resources do not always allow governments to act as quickly as we would like to… particularly in a recession. Therefore, we greatly appreciate and welcome the assistance of corporate Barbados. This collaboration between a non-governmental organisation, the Future Centre Trust and Harris Paints demonstrates their commitment to the community and their understanding of the importance of being socially conscious and responsible for those less fortunate.”

(L-R) Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Harris Paints Luke Ticknor looking at the painted Cottage at the Nightengale Children’s Home with  Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, the Hon. Christopher Sinckler and Parliamentary representative for the St.Michael West Central area, James Paul

(L-R) Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Harris Paints Luke Ticknor looking at the painted Cottage at the Nightengale Children’s Home with Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, the Hon. Christopher Sinckler and Parliamentary representative for the St.Michael West Central area, James Paul

The Parliamentary representative for the St Michael West Central area, James Paul was also invited to attend the clean up effort and he gladly accepted:

This is a valuable project because children raised in a “home” still have a meaningful contribution to make to society and the government tries to ensure that the conditions and the environment are very similar to what they would experience in a home with their parents, thus any assistance which is given to the Children’s Home is essential as we try to provide the best for the residents… I want to encourage other companies to follow Harris Paints and give back to the community.”

Project Coordinator at the Future Centre Trust, Nicole Garofano complimented Harris Paints on its unique approach to the Clean Up Barbados Campaign, noting that cleaning Barbados is not just about the beautifying the beaches and clearing gullies but it also involves refreshing and creating more appealing surroundings for all to enjoy.

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  1. Got hands dirty? The Harris Paints guy, sure. But Sinckler and Paul both look pretty fresh and clean. How much painting did they actually do?

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