Friday, August 9, 2019

BTVI Donates to Boys Brigade

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently made a financial donation in support of the 13th Bahamas (Nassau) Company of the Boys Brigade two-week summer camp. Shown from left to right are the company’s Chaplain, Oswald Poitier I; Camp Director, Lieutenant Ellis Bodie-Young; BTVI’s Chairman, Kevin Basden; summer camp volunteer, Lieutenant Phil Dorsett and BTVI’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Leroy Sumner.
Photo: BTVI

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently made a $1,000 cheque presentation to the 13th Bahamas Company (Nassau) of the Boys Brigade, which is expected to assist with their two-week summer camp.

In its 12th annual year, the camp is being held at the St. John’s Native Baptist Cathedral, Meeting and South Streets. The camp targets boys ages six to 18, who are divided into groups according to age; they are from the brigade, surrounding community and churches of the St. John’s Native Baptist Society.

BTVI’s Chairman, Kevin Basden, who himself volunteers as a mentor of young men through the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, underscored the important of such organizations like Boys Brigade, particularly to males.

“I grew up down the street, just off South Street. It shows that it is not where you grow up. You have the potential to move on and do better. If you want to be a plumber, electrician and IT specialist, it’s up to you. Whatever goals you have in life, be the best,” said Mr. Basden who was a member of Boys Brigade in his youth.

The purpose of Boys Brigade is to instill good habits and conduct through physical, educational, social and spiritual methods. The summer camp includes, but is not limited to sports, tours, drills, lectures, arts and craft, nature walks and hikes.

Meanwhile, Camp Director, Lieutenant Ellis Bodie-Young expressed his gratitude towards BTVI.
“I am delighted. This is positive for us, uplifting and needed. I was happy when I got the news of BTVI’s gesture, said Lieutenant Bodie-Young.

BTVI’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Leroy Sumner noted that the cheque presentation is indicative of BTVI not simply seeking investments from prospective partners, but also giving back to the community.