Bonafede says the volunteers currently being deployed are showing they are working extra hard in a time like this. (WBNG) — Though the pandemic crisis has taken hold of the entire nation, the American Red Cross is not letting that stop its relief effort missions. It also goes the other way around. Bonafede says if they need volunteers to come up to New York State, they’d have to self-quarantine before they could start their in-person work. If you’d like to volunteer, you can find more information on the American Red Cross website. Bonafede says if you do volunteer, they are taking extra safety steps by doing health screenings before entering shelters or buildings, and keeping beds six feet or more apart from each other. Chuck Haupt has been a volunteer for more than 11 years and has been recently working virtually to help people still suffering from Hurricane Hanna down in Texas. He says he was going to do anything possible to help others. “I love helping people, especially when they lost their homes, they lost everything they had,” said Haupt. “By going to these places, they’ve made the extra commitment to self-quarantine when they get home for two weeks,” said Bonafede. Despite the pandemic creating some obstacles for relief efforts, the American Red Cross is still calling for plenty of more volunteers. Regional Communications Officer, Jay Bonafede, says more people have been hesitant to travel for their missions due to COVID-19, even though the organization is following the safety protocol.
The Department of Social Cohesion, in collaboration with the Region 4 Regional Democratic Council, on Tuesday held a lecture series and exhibition to recognise the contributions of persons of African descent to the history of Guyana.Officers from the Department of Youth on Tuesday coordinated a series of lectures in observance of Black History Month at the Beterverwagting Secondary School.According to Regional Executive Officer Pauline Lucas, the presentations focused on the crucial role of education in the history of African Guyanese.The women who were given the Outstanding Women in Region Four awards. In picture from left: Regional Executive Officer Pauline Lucas, Tiffany Harvey, and Regional Chairperson Jennifer AllenAspects of African culture and heritage, including slavery, colonization and the village movement, were also part of the discussions.Caricom IKEMBA representative, Onika Frank, while delivering brief remarks, encouraged the students to be proud of their culture and ancestry.Students from five secondary schools on the East Coast of Demerara attended lectures on Guyana’s African heritage, done by representatives from the African Community Development Association.Three women were also given “Outstanding Women in Region 4 awards”: Tiffany Harvey, Pauline Lucas and Jennifer Allen. These awards were presented by Alister Collins, Executive Director of the President’s Youth Award: Republic of Guyana (PYARG).The schools that attended the session yesterday were: L.B.I Secondary, Bladen Hall Secondary, Buxton Secondary, Plaisance Secondary and Beterverwaging Secondary.For the African Guyanese community, Black History Month is usually a time for sober reflection on the state of the community. This is of course not a new call; it is repeated at every moment of Black observancePersons of African ancestry all over the world continue to suffer from the scars of a history of bondage. It is for that reason that Black History Month continues to have great relevance.