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Bravo reaches out to Olive’s House

Published: 
Thursday, December 12, 2013
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo is all smiles as he demonstrates his painting ability at the opening of Olive's home for the elderly on the Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ

Dwayne James John Bravo, West Indies cricketer, said yesterday that community spirit was necessary in view of negative aspects of life and showed this by donating $50,000 towards the painting of Olive’s House, a home for the elderly.

 

Yesterday, Bravo showed his support by visiting the house, on the Eastern Main Road, in James Smart Village, Sangre Chiquito. Olive’s House is run by an organisation called the Bridge of Hope.

 

During his visit, Bravo was greeted warmly by the abandoned children who live there in the care of the Bridge of Hope. 

 

“When they brought the news to me that an elderly home was going to open I thought it was important to help in any way. I have helped children (in the past) now the elderly could benefit and I wanted to do something for the elderly. 

 

“We will get old and grey one day and would like somebody to help us and do something for us. It is a positive step and I hope that people will come on board and continue this through the country, despite negatives. There is a lot of positive still I want to do. My grandmother, Lucian Roberts, and my mother, Joycelyn, worked with the elderly,” he said. 

 

Founder of the Bridge of Hope and CEO of Olive’s House Subesh Ramjattan said he was hoping to achieve quality service for the elderly.

 

“It starts with us and starts with a home for the elderly. The elderly population has doubled and it is of significant importance. We are not about food cards, it is about quality of life for the elderly,” he said.

 

Ramjattan said he was hoping to achieve a model community and also create activities for the elderly.

 

He said approximately six years ago his wife’s grandmother was on her deathbed when she gave them $600 to contribute to the elderly.

 

“We prayed over it because it had to have a divine purpose behind it. 

 

“Anyone who makes a donation can have an apartment named after them. They will have an understanding in terms of a legacy, because we leave all this behind us here when we die,” he said.

 

Ramjattan said he was looking for people to volunteer their time who are “extraordinary with their hearts and more extraordinary.”

 

Bravo’s mother, Joycelyn Bravo Sween, Telecommunications Services of T&T manager, external relations and government affairs Gervon Abraham and director of the Bridge of Hope Brian Vital also attended.

 

The home, which can house approximately 25 senior citizens, has housing for able-bodied couples, those who cannot live alone and a skilled senior-care facility for residents who need daily observation. It will be opened on January 25 next year.

 

The cost of their care is between $3,500 and $4,000 a month. 

 

Anyone interested in making donations to Olive’s House can do so at Republic Bank Ltd, Tunapuna West Branch, Bank A/C 350157394501.