Mt. Moritz born hair stylist presently residing in the United States, last Sunday added his name to the long list of persons within the diaspora that have taken it upon themselves to give back to their country of birth.
Having done a similar project in Guyana, Terrence Dowden, owner of Level (1) Beauty Salon in New York has now shifted focus to his country of birth Grenada and last Saturday handed over of some 411 pairs of shoes to the people of Grenada through the St. Mark Organisation for Development, the first of what he claimed would be an ongoing initiative from which the entire country stands to benefit.
Accepting the gift on behalf of the organization was President Dr. Julie DuBios who lauded Dowden for what she dubbed a most timely gift, and assured him that the entire country would benefit from any contributions made by him to Grenada. DuBios went on to say that every other shipment of shoes coming to Grenada would be given to a different parish, thus ensuring equity in distribution. She also assured Dowden the organization is willing to collaborate with him in future operations that will benefit other areas in Grenada.
Addressing how that bond between Dowden and the St Mark Organization for Development came about, the president said someone who knew that Dowden wanted to make contribution to Grenada got in touch with her, and the process began. She went on to say, after months of negotiation, four barrels of shoes were sent to Grenada. The president said the barrels were shipped to Grenada via Compass Shipping at no charge, in addition she said the Government of Grenada assisted by way of a waiver of duties on the shoes.
In his brief comments Dowden said he is delighted to be able to give back to Grenada, however he added that this gift of shoes would not be his last. In fact he said that the next project in Grenada would be a donation of school supplies. Having spent some thirty years in the United States Dowden said he would be looking to forge a strong bond with the St. Mark’s Organisation for Development that would realize lots more benefits to the people of Grenada, and put smiles on the faces of people.
Among those present at last Saturday’s handing over was Vice President of the St. Mark Organisation for Development, Raymond Baptiste who also took the opportunity to thank Dowden for his contribution and reaffirmed his organization’s wilingness to work with him in the interest of the Grenadian people.
As it relates to distribution, Baptiste said some of the shoes would be given to persons in need; others he said would be sold with proceeds from the sale going towards some charitable cause, in the name of Mr. Dowden.
Baptiste said undertakings like these would go a long way in lifting the image of the St Mark Organisation for Development and thanked Dowden for the role that he has played in that regard.
Meanwhile prizes won in the various competitions in the 2016 St Mark’s Day Celebration were also presented to the winners on Sunday. Among the categories were; St Mark’s Got Talent Competition, Fish Cooking Competition, Football and Cricket Competition. Prizes ranged from cash to handsets.