Fox Hill Giants Honoured

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Fox Hill Charitable Organization's Board of Directors (l-r) Philandra Bain-Wood, Assistant, Secretary; Audrey Symonette, Vice President; Doralin Albury, Chaplain; Dr. Ricardo Taylor, Founder, President & Executive Director; Deborah Cash, Assistant Chaplain & Public Relations Officer; Stephan Walkin, Treasurer; and Lillian Flowers, Secretary

The community of Fox Hill is one of the oldest and most historic in The Bahamas. A humble community made up of many families and those interconnected by religion, ethnicity and economics, Fox Hill is home to some of the great nation builders of The Bahamas. This fact is highly celebrated by members of the Fox Hill Charitable Organization (FHCO), which recently celebrated the Second Anniversary Praise and Thanksgiving Services for its second year of successful and productive operations.  

This was also an opportunity to honour outstanding members of Fox Hill, while instilling a sense of pride and fostering community spirit. During the second year of the existence of FHCO, the group grew by leaps and bounds, and achieved its mission of visiting all of the churches and schools within the Fox Hill Community. Members also held a community meeting and invited all stakeholders, including churches, schools and government agencies within the community.

The founder, president and executive director of FHCO Dr. Ricardo Taylor commended his fellow members for an eventful and successful year of charitable work, representing Fox Hillians.

“I truly believe that by the grace of God, and through the humility and H.E.A.R.T. of FHCO, we have experienced exponential growth, experience, expansion, and exposure,” Dr. Taylor said.

“By way of our outreach program and initiatives, our efforts have taken us literally from our local community here in Fox Hill, on the island of New Providence, The Bahamas, to the Province of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to attend the Conference of Youth (COY17) and the Conference of Parties (COP27) for three weeks, from November 1 to 21, 2022. Additionally, the Fox Hill Charitable Organization’s efforts and outreach have also taken us to Port of Spain, Trinidad to attend the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN)’s 14th Biennial General Congress for four days from December 1 to 4, 2022.”

In honour of an eventful year of activities, FHCO held its Second Anniversary Praise and Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, January 19 at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Bernard Road, Fox Hill. The service was held under the theme: “Pursuing Greatness with Humility & H.E.A.R.T”. The presiding Bible verse for the year was: “O’ Give Thanks Unto The Lord, For He Is Good, For His Mercy Endures Forever” – Psalm 107:1.

A special commemorative booklet was prepared for the event. It included a rich historical background of some of the greatest nation and community builders to come out of Fox Hill. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate and honour some of the outstanding residents and contributors of the day. During the service, several people were presented with certificates and gifts of appreciation.    

The service was moderated by Reverend Sherelle Saunders, and the sermon was brought by Bishop Rev. Dr. J. Carl Rahming, Pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church. Noted speakers and participants included: Reverend Fr. Noel Clarke, Priest, St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church; Dr. Jacinta Higgs, President, Akhepran International Academy; Dr. Anthony Hamilton, President, Civil Society Bahamas; Senator Barry Griffin representing on behalf of Hon. Fred Mitchell, MP for Fox Hill; Deacon Althea Carey, Pastor, Coke Memorial Methodist Church; Reverend Hartman Nixon, Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church; Rev. Stephen Sterling, Pastor, Word of Hope Discipleship Ministries and Dr. Ricardo Taylor, Founder, President & Executive Director of the Fox Hill Charitable Organization.

Special acknowledgement was made to a number of people who were the original keepers of the torch of memories and commemoration of the people of Fox Hill, including: Juannianne Dorsett, Shonel Ferguson, Clarence Ferguson II, Berylmae Wright, Johnny Bullard, Sheila Knowles, Maurice Tynes, Liliymae Gaitor and Celeste Lockhart. For more information, email:foxhillngo@gmail.org.  

Source: Felicity Darville

More photo highlights below:

Clarence Ferguson II, (second from right) Former President, Fox Hill Community Development Center, is honored by the Fox Hill Charitable Organization

Miriam Wright, second from right, receiving on behalf of Berylmae Wright, original surviving mother of the Fox Hill Mothers Club is honored by the Fox Hill Charitable Organization

Johnny Bullard, (second from right) Former Chair, Fox Hill Festival Committee, is honored by the Fox Hill Charitable Organization

(L-R) Deborah Cash, Asst. Chaplain; Dr. Ricardo Taylor, President & Executive Director; Jauanniann Dorsett, Former Member of Parliament for Fox Hill; and Lillian Flowers, Secretary