Defence Headquarters, 8 December. ‘23 (RBDF): In the true spirit of the season, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) radiated joy and warmth, creating memorable moments for the young learners at Adelaide and Gambier Primary Schools in Western New Providence. This longstanding tradition within the RBDF, initiated by the first Bahamian Commodore, Leon Livingston Smith, has continued through the Adopt-A-School Programme.

The festive initiative began at Gambier Primary School, where Force Chaplain, Apostle Raymond Wells, led devotions and prayers for both students and faculty. Following this, Principal Sherilyn Strachan expressed heartfelt gratitude to the organization for spearheading this meaningful event. “It’s crucial to convey to the children that people care; it instills belief in the magic of Christmas and reinforces their sense of importance,” emphasized Ms. Strachan.

Adelaide Primary School witnessed even more excitement as students’ eyes lit up at the sight of generously donated gifts from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The highlight of the day was the distribution of specially curated gift packages, each brimming with festive delights and surprises, adding an extra layer of excitement to the holiday celebration.

Commander William Sturrup, Chairman of the Marine of the Year Committee, conveyed the RBDF’s commitment to fostering positive relationships with the local community on behalf of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King. He affirmed, “This is a time to share joy during the festive season, making each child’s Christmas a special one. Our commitment aligns with the Commander Defence Force’s strategic vision of being responsible corporate citizens.”

As the RBDF team bid farewell to the students, the air was filled with smiles and gratitude, marking the success of a heartwarming Christmas presentation that will be cherished by all.

The distinguished attendees included Captain Coral Harbour, Captain Glen McPhee, Commander William Sturrup, Lt. Commander Elvis Bullard, Marine of the Year Committee members, and representatives from junior and senior rates mess.

The RBDF remains unwavering in its dedication to the pursuit of excellence in safeguarding our heritage. Committed to upholding the highest standards, we protect and preserve the rich legacy that defines our nation.

By: Woman Marine Raven Hepburn
Photos by Woman Marine Raven Hepburn

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