As we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, we at BARP extend to our many members and friends in Barbados and the Diaspora and to our regional colleagues, the wish for a most blessed Christmas and a prosperous and active New Year.
Caroling, Tuk Bands and stiltmen in the early morning, the smells emanating from the neighbourâ€™s oven, lunch time family gatherings, these and other customs and practices on Christmas Day are rapidly disappearing as we alter our lifestyles to accommodate new values in our life.
While 2013 was a year full of challenges for all of us, we should strive to improve all aspects of our life in the New Year. It is very clear that as the international recession deepens, Barbados will continue to face even more challenging times.
This is the time for the wise and humane spirit of BARP, as an organization and its individual members, to play a role in guiding and recommending on some issues.
In the New Year BARP intends to embark on novel and innovative projects to enhance the quality of life for our members while strengthening those programs that were successful in 2013.
In the meantime, as prices continue to skyrocket, we may see the wisdom in growing and eating our own foods. Kitchen gardens, for example, could become more than just a pastime for many of us. Also we should take the time to engage in a more active and healthy lifestyle 2014 is upon us; let us think on these things.
Our sincere thanks to our many volunteers, who continue to provide excellent service to our members. We wish also to express our appreciation to the staff of BARP for their dedication and outstanding work ethic.
May Godâ€™s richest blessings attend each and every one of you during this festive season and the year to come.