DLP VP Simon Alleyne comes to aid of Eastbourne, St Philip residents
Simon Alleyne (right) presents Eastbourne, St Philip resident, Jaime Best with a food hamper
Twenty families in the Eastbourne, St Philip community received financial ease this afternoon thanks to popular comedian Simon Alleyne.
The prominent actor/comedian and teacher provided vulnerable families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with two weeks' worth of groceries each.
Alleyne reported that several residents have been impacted by the job loss and he was especially concerned about single-parent households who were struggling to keep their heads above water as schools remain closed until June 14, and for longer if your child is not at the age to sit major examinations.
"COVID has affected a lot of families financially where there are a number of persons who would have been main breadwinners in families who are no longer working so it is important at this time that we are able to offer some assistance," said Alleyne.
"I knew there were some needs that had to be met, particularly for single mothers who have had children who are out from school now and they are eating consistently. They are snacking while they are watching videos, playing games, or even during online classes."
The second vice president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and DLP hopeful for St Philip North lauded Government for its initial response to COVID-19 but expressed concern about job opportunities post-COVID-19 with the country battling an unemployment rate of almost 40 per cent due to the pandemic.
"It is okay for us to be at home and doing social distancing and keeping ourselves safe but we know the reality is that we have to get back out in our communities and we have to get back out to work so that we can support ourselves.
"When we consider those persons who are in the hotel sector who would have been laid off, we got thousands of Bajans who would have been working in hotels who don't have a source of income. What about those persons who would have worked the beaches and streets selling fruit and handicraft?"
Alleyne suggested that the private sector businesses and retailers can ease the burden on consumers by offering discounts and sales that will encourage the public to buy and stimulate the economy.
"We have to find a balance where we can get people back out into our communities, back out into jobs working, and stimulate Barbadians to spend money. I do believe our private sector if they are able to offer a number of benefits and sales it would really stimulate people to get back out and buy things because if we put things on sale coming out of COVID, you would find persons would be more willing to buy and endorse the products of the private sector," Alleyne said.