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Canvasses with a cause – Cerulean art show at Melia raises funds for environmental protection
Submitted by DP&A   

The Long View – Art Director John Cox and young artists gather at the Cerulean art show, co-sponsored by Melia Nassau Beach to benefit the fast-growing environmental advocacy organization Save The Bays.  NASSAU, Bahamas -- When Andros-based artist Judith Papillon faces a blank canvas, she merely looks beyond it to see the cerulean sea that is her back yard. As she works re-creating the swirling blues and greens of the water, the powder-soft sand, the brilliant sky above, her brush flows as smoothly, as gently, as the waves flow to the lee shore. The result – breathtaking visuals that make you want to sink your feet into the sand, dip your toes in the water and close your eyes to make time stand still.   

Papillon’s vivid sea and beach scenes were so sought after at a recent art show that three buyers wanted one of her acrylics, ironically titled Cerulean long before she knew that was the name of the art show it would be in.

The show, held at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, which co-sponsored the event, was the first art event organized to raise funds for Save The Bays, the popular non-government organization dedicated to protection of the marine environment and its resources. In the 18 months since Save The Bays burst on the scene, it has broken all records for NGO interest, filing lawsuits to hold violators accountable, gaining more than 17,000 Facebook friends and getting nearly 7,000 signatures on a petition to government seeking a Freedom of Information Act, an Environmental Protection Act and more.

“We chose the theme of portraying the majesty of the Bahamian waters and were very pleased with the quality of the work submitted,” said Diane Phillips, a Save The Bays director who helped organize the event. “We are extremely appreciative to Melia for its support, to John Cox and his team for their assistance and especially to the artists who participated. There is so much untapped talent or underappreciated talent in the Bahamian arts community – visual and performing – and when you can marry an event that brings public attention to an important cause with those who deserve greater recognition, it’s the best of all worlds.”

The one-night exhibition included work by Dion Lewis, Grand Bahama’s Melanie Darville, tile mosaics by Sam Duncombe, and photography by several contributors.

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LPIA soars at feeding the hungry
Submitted by Jan Knowles   

The Lynden Pindling International Airport community donates to Hands for Hunger Food Drive. Employees at NAD and Airport Authority collected 400 lbs of food within two weeks. Pictured l to r: Vernice Walkine, President & CEO, NAD, Zeleka Knowles, Executive Director at Hands for Hunger and Milo Butler, III, General Manager at Airport Authority.NASSAU, Bahamas — The airport community helped to fill cupboards and stomachs when workers joined forces with Hands for Hunger to provide the equivalent of 400 meals – a critical supply of food for the hungry.

During the two-week exercise, donation containers were set-up in strategic locations around the airport for convenient food drop-off by employees of Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) and the Airport Authority.

“At NAD, we recognize that we all have a part to play in helping to stamp out hunger in our communities. Last year we donated a total of 250 pounds of food. This year, we wanted to soar past that figure so we teamed up with our partners at the Airport Authority to ensure a greater level of participation at LPIA,” explained Vernice Walkine, NAD’s President & CEO.

“Employees recognize that many families are struggling, particularly at this time of the year. Our workers embraced the initiative enabling us to collect an impressive 400 pounds of food.”

The airport’s donation included non-perishable food items such as soup, grits, cereal, rice, evaporated milk, tuna, oats, corn beef and the like. Walkine joined Milo Butler, III, General Manager at Airport Authority to hand over the donation to the non-profit group.

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Shipyard brings the warmth this holiday season
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Shipyard Brings the Warmth This Holiday Season - As the winter season descends upon The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) partnered with the Rand Memorial Hospital's Swaddling Programme for the annual visit of the Governor General to the Grand Bahama Hospital. As a part of the programme, the Shipyard donated 91 blankets, 86 for each bed in the hospital and 5 blankets for the Physiotherapy Department. Pictured are GBS staff along with administrators from the hospital during the blanket presentation. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama  -- As the winter season descends upon The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) partnered with the Rand Memorial Hospital's Swaddling Programme for the annual visit of the Governor General to the Grand Bahama hospital.  As a part of the programme, the Shipyard donated 91 blankets, 86 for each bed in the hospital and 5 blankets for the Physiotherapy Department.

Every patient in hospital on the day of the Governor General’s visit will be presented with a blanket to take home and on Christmas Day those patients in hospital on that day will be presented with blankets as well.

“We are very pleased to be able to do this for the Rand Memorial Hospital,” said Kay Smith, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations.  “The Grand Bahama Shipyard has always been a huge supporter of the community in Grand Bahama so we’re happy to make this donation and to continue to support our local medical facility in their efforts to provide the best care to its patients.”

The administration team at the hospital was incredibly grateful for the donation and hopes that this effort will be the start of more great corporate partnerships with the hospital.  

Catherine Weech, Hospital Administrator noted, “It’s always good to know we have corporate interest and sponsorship as the hospital can always benefit from companies choosing to include the hospital in their corporate outreach by donating either time or tangible items such as the blankets donated by the Shipyard.”

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BORCO spreads Christmas cheer in their community
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BORCO Spreads Christmas Cheer in their Community - Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) helped spread a little Christmas cheer by ensuring families won’t go hungry this holiday season.  Last weekend the BORCO family handed out over 400 food parcels (including turkey, rice, grits, sugar and flour) to the Pinder’s Point and Lewis Yard communities.  Employees from various departments at BORCO helped to distribute the goods in the communities which surround BORCO.  Pictured are the employees who participated in handing out the food packages this year. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) helped spread a little Christmas cheer by ensuring families won’t go hungry this holiday season.  Last weekend the BORCO family handed out 400 food parcels (including turkey, rice, grits, sugar and flour) to the Pinder’s Point and Lewis Yard communities.

“This gift giving initiative continues to be an annual drive for BORCO/Buckeye,” said Kim Pratt, Business Coordinator at Buckeye Bahamas.  “It is a joy for me to organize this event each year, on behalf of the company, and it pleases me that the spirit of giving is so prevalent with everyone who volunteers each year to go out in the community.”

Employees from various departments at BORCO helped to distribute the goods in the communities, starting early Saturday morning.  According to Pratt, since BORCO began this annual gift-giving exercise more and more employees have volunteered, which is a great sign that the giving spirit is trickling down to all.  

“Buckeye recognizes the importance of not only being good corporate citizens but by giving back to the community in which we live and work with everyday,” said President of Buckeye International Pipelines and Terminals, Khalid Muslih. “It is always wonderful when our company and staff join together to make the holidays a little brighter for others.  I am very pleased I could be here to join Kim and her team in this magnanimous effort.”

Photo 1: BORCO Spreads Christmas Cheer in their Community - Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) helped spread a little Christmas cheer by ensuring families won’t go hungry this holiday season.  Last weekend the BORCO family handed out over 400 food parcels (including turkey, rice, grits, sugar and flour) to the Pinder’s Point and Lewis Yard communities.  Employees from various departments at BORCO helped to distribute the goods in the communities which surround BORCO.  Pictured are the employees who participated in handing out the food packages this year. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)

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Autism non-profit R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas celebrates 15 years
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All Smiles – William Hilton, pictured with his mother Jacqueline Whylly-Hilton, opened R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas’ 15th anniversary event A Night Under the Stars with an a cappella rendition of the National Anthem. William is a 10-year-old student at the Autism Unit of Garvin Tynes Primary School who was nonverbal until the age of five.NASSAU, The Bahamas - Dozens of guests filled the State Room at Government House on Thursday as William Hilton joyfully sang the National Anthem a cappella, to begin an Evening Under the Stars commemorating R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas’ fifteen year anniversary.

The audience erupted in warm cheers and laughter as William, a charismatic 10-year-old student at the Autism Unit of Garvin Tynes Primary School took a bow following his rendition. William was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) just before his first birthday. “William is my first child, when he started having seizures I took him to the hospital and that’s when they told me that he was not developing at a normal rate,” stated Jacqueline Whylly-Hilton, William’s mother. Nonverbal until the age of five, William would hum the tune of his favourite songs but would not speak. He is a testament to the benefit of early detection and intervention treatment services and how they can greatly improve a child’s development.

“When children are diagnosed, early intervention is essential to assist them in reaching their full potential,” stated Kim Gibson, VP of R.E.A.C.H. and the mother of a son with ASD. “Unfortunately, there are few therapy options here and those that are available are out of the financial reach of many parents. It is our dream to make therapy available to all children diagnosed with autism in The Bahamas regardless of their financial position, thus giving all children on the spectrum the same opportunity to success.”

ASD affects 1 in every 68 children according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. It is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in The Bahamas. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, but is almost five times more common among boys than among girls.

R.E.A.C.H. has been promoting ASD awareness and education in The Bahamas since 1999, providing free services and resources for children and families affected.

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