Children from the eight communities in New Providence where Urban Renewal Centres are located, in addition to those in the Family Islands where centres are located, were treated to Easter Egg Hunts over the weekend as part of the Urban Renewal Commission’s outreach programmes. Easter Egg Hunts/Fun Days were held in the communities of Fort Charlotte, Centreville, Pinewood, Fox Hill, Free Town, Nassau Village, Englerston and Carmichael, New Providence, on Saturday (April 13, 2019).
Additional events will be held in Grand Bahama and the two remaining locations in New Providence on the weekend of April, 27. “The events were very successful,” Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, who spent the better part of Saturday visiting the various locations said. “We began our visits at the Fort Charlotte Centre, then moved to Centreville and then to Englerston, onto Free Town, Fox Hill and then we culminated in Flamingo Gardens. “The children enjoyed themselves tremendously as did I, and I want to applaud the Urban Renewal staff for the great job they did. The events were organized and well prepared.
“The icing on the cake, however, was the culmination of the day at Flamingo Gardens (held at the Flamingo Gardens Park) where the Centre is not yet even open. As a matter of fact, we just only just got Cabinet approval for the Centre that will be established in Flamingo Gardens on Tuesday. On Wednesday, funds were released to facilitate an event being held for the children of Flamingo Gardens, and the Urban Renewal Commission was able to put this together for them. “If this is any indication as to what is going to happen when the Centre is opened, the future looks bright for this area,” Minister Campbell added.
Mrs. Sheryl Knowles, Programmes and Special Projects Coordinator, Urban Renewal Commission, said the weekend “was just awesome.” “I am so grateful and thankful. The children had lots of fun and the Easter Egg Hunts were awesome. The children received hot dogs, drinks and snow cones, and had access to the Bouncing Castle, were able to participate in Egg and Spoon races, Sack races, and the hoopla table courtesy of the Urban Renewal Commission.
“Each child also received treat bags. It was so wonderful to see how the children enjoyed themselves today,” Mrs. Knowles said. “Many adults can remember attending these types of events when they were children and the impact they had on their lives and so it was very important for us to bring back these types of activities into our communities because these are some of the tools that can be used to keep the young children together, and to help them learn how to be their brothers and sisters’ keepers. “Events such as these allow us to bring communities together whereby children can get to know other children; parents can get to know other parents, and neighbours can get to know their neighbours, or re-acquaint themselves with their neighbours. It’s all about inclusion, about facilitating community spirit in all of the areas we serve,” Mrs. Knowles added.