Sponsorship Call follows a decade of KFC Gospel as Oistins Fish Festival turns 40
This year’s 40th anniversary of the Oistins Fish Festival also marks a decade of KFC Gospel and PRO of the Oistins Fish Festival Committee, Junior Walrond, has asserted that the Festival owes its survival to sponsors like KFC and repeat title sponsor Flow Barbados.
Even as he praised participating sponsors for contributing to the success of this 40th anniversary Flow Oistins Fish Festival, Walrond also chided other members of the business community in and around Oistins, who he said needed to follow the example set by KFC.
“This is a full decade of KFC sponsorship of the Gospel segment and without a doubt we are very grateful for their contribution. KFC is one of those that recognizes that patronage of their businesses increases during the Easter weekend of the Oistins Festival, and who are willing to give back. If we can get everybody to follow this example, it would add up,” said Walrond.
Walrond, who is also the coordinator of KFC Gospel for the Oistins Fish Festival, said he was concerned about the future of the festival. He said proceeds from stall sales alone would never be enough to fully meet administrative costs which had increased over the years.
“We are looking forward to this our 40th anniversary of the Oistins Fish Festival being a success, but we hope going into our 41st year, that we can see increase sponsorship; and particularly that those businesses in and around Oistins will see the value in being part of the Oistins Fish Festival.”
Speaking on behalf of KFC, Marketing Coordinator Shekelia Barrow said the Restaurant was pleased to mark a decade of sponsorship of KFC Gospel, at the Oistins Fish Festival.
“KFC is a longstanding member of the Oistins community, and we also appreciate the contribution that gospel music has made to Barbados’ and communities like Oistins,” Barrow said.
This year’s KFC Gospel Spectacular takes place on Sunday, April 16th, at Oistins Bay Garden, led by the St. Patrick’s Anglican Church liturgical dance group “Awesome Praise” and the St. Patrick’s Youth Chorale. School groups appearing will include the Bay Primary School Chorale, the St. Lukes Brighton Recorder Group and soloists from Christ Church Girls.
Barbados’ iconic gospel singer, Sister Margarita Marshall, will again grace the stage, supported by dance groups “Sunshine Dancers”, “Of Another Nature” and the Kingdom Life Assembly KLA Dance Ministry. The Oistins Church of Christ, and Gates of Praise from the Christian Holiness Church will also minister in song.