Community awards on hold

2019-10-02 06:01

THE popular, crowd-puller community project function to honour people that are contributing positively in uplifting the community has been put on ice.

The Ward 34 Annual Community Awards function was scheduled to take place tomorrow (September 27) at the Eastwood Civic Centre, however, it has been put on hold.

Areas under Ward 34 include Eastwood, Cinderella Park, Panorama, Madiba, Malivana, The Ridge, Jesmondene, and Beacon Hill.

Reliable sources told local media that a couple of LOC members felt that a lot of praise, limelight and focus was given to the local, well-travelled veteran journalist, community activist and founder of the event Jerry Barnes. Most of them questioned why the event is all of a sudden now called the “Jerry Barnes Ward 34 Awards” instead of the Ward 34 Annual Community Awards.

The source also said it was very disturbing because all LOC members are old parents, Christians and active in the community but they are “busy playing games” instead of fairly meeting with Barnes to iron out their differences.

“As far as I’m concerned, Jerry Barnes was honest and straight forward with the project and made it clear from day one that it was a community event. I remember him saying that the fact is that people must always remember that the event does not belong to any political party, nor is it attached to any organisation or any LOC member, but to the entire Ward 34 community,”said the source.

As the founder and one of the organisers, Barnes said it was unfortunate that the event has been shelved for now, but he is praying hard and staying positive that unhappy parties will eventually find common ground and find peace in their hearts and also understand that the function is not about the individuals or him (Barnes) but is to honour Ward 34 people that are working tirelessly around the clock to uplift or improve the lives of the people.

“In life I always stay positive, open-minded, strong and I am a good listener. It’s very simple and straight-forward. We need to all understand that the event is not about [me] or any individuals but it is to honour, salute and encourage community members doing tremendous work for our people out there. We really can’t be deprived of those people,”said Barnes.

Barnes feels the other fair and possible date to stage the event will be October 25 but this will be confirmed after the LOC meeting, set to be held soon. — Supplied.

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