Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bravo the star at ‘Bamboo Day’


MAN IN DEMAND: West Indies One-Day captain Dwayne Bravo spends some time with the kids during the Bamboo Community Day celebrations.

Mark Fraser

 West Indies One Day captain Dwayne Bravo was the headline act at Sunday’s Community Day at Bamboo Settlement No. 1 Recreation Ground, which was hosted by the Zaheer Ali Foundation in collaboration with the Bamboo No. 1 business community, Women’s Group, Bamboo Presbyterian School and residents.

During the celebrations Bravo was on hand to meet and interact with the eager children, who were kept busy with a range of activities and entertainment.

Zaheer Ali, the former Trinidad and Tobago cricketer who started the foundation, was Bravo’s captain at youth level and also his teammate on the senior national team, and was very pleased to have the all-rounder be part of the foundation’s initiative, which Ali said will go a long way towards building community cohesion.

“The main purpose of this initiative was to build community cohesion, which is critical for our overall development as a nation especially in light of the many challenges we face,” said Ali.

The Community Day also included a display by the Environmental Society of the University of the West Indies, featuring snakes and tarantulas that seemed to grab the attention of the boys in particular.

The T&T Police Service Mounted Branch conducted an interactive session with the children, where they were given the opportunity to ride horses, and there was also free vision screening provided by Social Eyes Optical Limited, as well as free Henna designs for all persons by Salma’s Henna Designs.

Also appearing were the Extreme Breakers group whose performance brought the crowd alive.

“The objectives were to build healthier communities and encourage youth development and foster greater community cohesion and I am confident that we are on our way to achieving this,” Ali added.

The Zaheer Ali XI windball cricket team, which was the starting point of the Zaheer Ali Foundation, was also on hand to ensure a good time was had by all.

When the Zaheer Ali XI was launched in August, Ali said it was more than just a cricket team and promised that it was just the beginning of a bigger plan to help curb the rampant crime situation in the country.

“The Zaheer Ali Foundation’s focus is committed to youth and individual development as well community development throughout Trinidad and Tobago,” Ali said.

On Sunday Ali again promised that this is just the beginning and that there is still more to come.