Instead of the usual Christmas party, Minister for Education and Culture Myron Walwyn treated more than 500 persons in the parking lot opposite The Pub in Road Town to a traditional Christmas meal and entertainment.
“What we are doing today (December 25) is showing our love to people,” Walwyn remarked.
“Persons don’t have a roof on their house, don’t have furniture, so the usual Christmas festivities that they were accustomed to in the Virgin Islands was severely compromised. So we decided to provide that service to the community. It’s not the same as if they would do it at their home, but at least it provides some joy, and some of the things that they had grown accustomed to and it’s all part of our way to give back and to show that we care and we are going to do whatever we can to help.”
Walwyn explained that he hosts a Christmas party at the Moorings every year but deferred putting on the event this year because of the lingering impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“We didn’t do it this year because it is normally an event where people would dress up and come to and we didn’t want to put people through the expense of doing that, they need to spend their monies on getting their houses fixed and so this is why we did this in a different way this year,” the minister told BVI News.
On the menu was a traditional Christmas meal with the option of ham, turkey, or fish.
Black cake and tarts formed part of the dessert, while DJ Turbo provided entertainment to patrons.