Softer Side of the Army

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Softer Side of the Army

One may be forgiven for thinking that being a part of the army is all about being tough and fighting bad guys. And while that may be true for members of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), there is a softer, compassionate side to them that has seen them coming to the assistance of terminally ill children.

Last year the BDF, through its Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee, teamed up with the Precious Touch Foundation to host the Have a Heart 5k Charity Walk and Run in aid of the sick kids. This year, the partnership continues with a similar event planned for August 19, with participants covering last year’s route – from St Ann’s Fort to Brandon’s Beach on Spring Garden Highway.

“We believe in working with the civil communities; it’s a hallmark of the Barbados Defence Force, and over the years we have done a number of things – we’ve painted old people’s homes, we’ve worked with youth organizations – and so we believe in building partnerships with the civilian world,” Director of the BDF Sports Programme, Captain Michael Jules, told Barbados TODAY.

“So we engaged the Precious Touch Foundation and we decided we will do a run and a walk and the proceeds from that would go towards Precious Touch Foundation, and to help children who have wishes to make it a reality.

“We had a choice of various charities but the committee believed that this one would have been more appropriate and hence we penned it the Have A Heart Charity, because we believe it touches the emotions of people when you talk about children and children who are inevitably going to die, but have wishes….It really touched the entire BDF family, so we came out in our numbers and did the walk, and this year we’re attempting to do so again,” he added. To read more click here to continue reading on Barbados Today.