|Reema: Volunteer to help girls |
By JANELLE DE SOUZA Sunday, February 28 2016
Reema Carmona, wife of President Anthony Carmona, yesterday called on citizens to volunteer at least one hour per week to help make a difference in the lives of young women.
Speaking on the occasion of The Girl Guides Association’s World Thinking Day at St Augustine Secondary School, corner Warren and Gordon Streets, St Augustine, Carmona called on persons, especially former Girl Guides to volunteer with the association and be part of its outreach programmes.
“I am reaching out to citizens from all sectors of our society, can you for one hour a week encourage a young girl to realise her potential and her ambition, can you join us for just one hour a week and empower a young girl to build confidence and self-esteem to keep her focussed and on track?” she asked.
Carmona, the patron of the association, stated there had been recent cries for new national service organisations. However she suggested that instead, the country build on already established organisations that have “traditionally gotten the job done.” “We are looking to create an environment of discipline and order for our young people to live in, one that is sustainable and the Girl Guides Movement is a solution staring us in our faces. The Girl Guide Movement in Trinidad and Tobago has always nurtured women of great stature in our society,” she said.
She noted the $80,000 subvention received by the association was not enough to run it effectively.
With the addition of the current recession, she asked those leading the organisation to “keep the faith” even though they may have to engage in “time-worn” fundraising activities such as raffles, cake sales and bingo.
Also speaking on the 2016 World Thinking Day’s theme of “Connect,” Carmona noted that communication was not synonymous with connection, and with the more technological tools available to people, the more disconnected and unfeeling some become.
“Connecting is about positive relationships, caring, interdependence, and eternal bonding. We all must connect to the better part of ourselves if we wish to truly make a difference in our society and our very lives,” she said.
“In Trinidad and Tobago we are simply not connecting as a people to what really matters - that materialism and material things are not the be all and end all of our existence, that kindness is a non-depreciative currency that you can use any and everywhere for the rest of your life, and that compassion we must invoke to all, especially to the weak, the helpless and the differently-abled, and most of all we must behave and treat each other with respect, regardless of our disagreements, differences and fears and often unfounded fears,” she continued.
Also attending the event was Member of Parliament for Tunapuna, Esmond Forde, and former Deputy Principal of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, Professor Rhoda Reddock.
In addition to the opening speeches, the thousands of Girl Guides from across the country were treated to calypso performances by fellow Girl Guides as well as Brownies from Tobago.
Activities were also available to them, as well as products and information from the International Organization for Migration, The First People, and the Tobago and Victoria Central divisions of the Girl Guides.