In enforcing the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic objective of strengthening relationships with stakeholders and the community at large as a socially corporate citizen; members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Engineering Department made a monetary donation to the Disability Affairs Division, Collins Avenue, on December 3, 2020.
Led by the RBDF Base Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Gordon Roberts along with Deputy Base Engineering Officer Senior Lieutenant Nevada Bain and Engineering Warrant Officer Arthur McDonald, a monetary presentation was made to members of the (Kendrick Rolle Management (KRM) Group. This effort, known as a White Cane Initiative, will assist in the purchasing of walking canes for the blind in the communities of New Providence and Eleuthera.
On hand to receive the donation were Executive Coordinator Mr. Kendrick Rolle and Assistant Coordinator Ms. Jasmine Frazer. Mr. Rolle, who is also legally blind, was grateful for the donation.
“We are thankful for the partnership by Commodore King and his Officers and Marines, as this donation will go a long way in assisting blind people who are striving for independence”, said Mr. Rolle. “This initiative coincides with October being designated ‘Blindness Awareness Month’.
The month of October is an international observance month to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired, with the white cane symbolizing the importance of blindness, and a tool of independence. December 3rd is also known as ‘International Day of Persons with Disability’.
As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to patrol and protect the territorial integrity of the Bahamas, the organization also focuses on community building.