Over 500 children enjoy Christmas treats at annual Police Children’s Christmas Party
Children of officers and civilian staff from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) as well as children from communities in which the force has an active presence enjoyed an early Christmas treat at the annual Police Children Christmas Party.
Held at the police sports club at Weymouth on Roebuck Street, the party was made possible due to the support of corporate entities including CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. Recently the bank, represented by Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels presented Acting Inspector, Martin Greenidge with a contribution for the hosting of the party.
Acting Inspector Greenidge, who is also treasurer of the party’s planning committee, said the funds were used to source treats and entertainment for the children including a merry-go-round. But the party is more than about mere fun. “We bring the children together because among them are those for whom Christmas is not a real treat because the resources are not available in every household. We try, therefore, to capture a cross-section of children to give them that treat.”
He added that the annual party also fostered improved relations between the RBPF and the communities it serves including those in St. Michael and the northern division. “It’s part of our outreach effort. If we had more support from other entities we’d have been able to reach even further into the communities,” he explained.
The acting inspector also expressed thanks on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, as well as chairman of the committee, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Oral Williams to CIBC FirstCaribbean for its donation. “We wish to express gratitude to the bank for their sterling effort over the years especially since this is not the first time they have contributed to the hosting of the party.”
Michelle Whitelaw, Director, Retail Banking Channels said that the police force like CIBC FirstCaribbean sought to give back to the communities it served. “Therefore we are pleased to support the annual children’s party once again.”