The Go­bat fam­ily re­wards St. Lu­cian Youth

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Are you ex­pect­ing a re­sponse? Look out for more sui­cides from over­doses of moo-moo tablets, Not a word - re­peat three times.

- Guava Jelly

Maybe this is just a ruse, don’t you think? If the pow­ers that be leak the re­port them­selves it would be a good rea­son why it won’t see the light of day in a court­room be­cause in­for­ma­tion in the pub­lic do­main might in­flu­ence po­ten­tial ju­rors. So this could be an out from this whole mess of a re­port which the DPP said in the first place did not con­tain any­thing which could be pur­sued in a court of law.

- Rambo

That’s it ? This the best you could have done ? So in earnest, House Ne­gro, there is noth­ing pos­i­tive about ‘to­day’s’ Africa that you could have writ­ten; only the worst things about the whole con­ti­nent of Africa that dis­please you. Frankly, I think you are il­lit­er­ate in re­gards to the knowl­edge of your cul­ture and as to why so many coun­tries in Africa are still in bondage to­day. I sug­gest you read the works of Man­dela and Gar­vey and top that off with the dar­ing vi­sions of Gaddafi. Wheel and come again Boss yuh nuh ready yet. Add to the list Cuba’s in­ter­ven­tion in An­gola and just maybe you might con­nect the dots.

– King Majesty

Where are the so­cial pro­grammes that are sup­posed to take care of such cases? How quickly tax­pay­ers’ monies were found to fly a cer­tain press sec­re­tary over­seas for med­i­cal treat­ment. Even though the in­di­vid­ual’s salary was twice that of most em­ployed Saint Lu­cians. So what of the poor who can­not even af­ford panadol.

– Mae­stro

It re­mains to be seen whether Monch­ery can walk the walk amidst all the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the po­lice.

– Josie

I heard the new po­lice com­mis­sioner on TV say­ing that there will be no po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the force. How ex­actly will he pre­vent this? It is well known that there has been po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the oper­a­tions of the RSLPF for some time now.

– Raspuntin

O Vinny ! Where are thou, old boy? Ev­ery cir­cus needs a clown.

– King Majesty

Good luck to the new or­ga­niz­ers of this event. Look­ing for­ward to the lo­cal de­sign­ers and mod­els step­ping up to the plate.

- Mar­cus

Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

Last Satur­day Cap Mai­son was host venue to the Oliver “Ol­lie” Go­bat award cer­e­mony of the Go­bat Fund, launched last Novem­ber. Ol­lie Go­bat, who was Saint Lu­cian­born and an avid sports­man, was mur­dered two years ago and the mat­ter is still un­solved. His par­ents, who have been on-is­land for 43 years, felt it ap­pro­pri­ate, de­spite the tragedy, to ‘give back to the youth of St Lu­cia’.

“We have been sup­port­ing the sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and have pro­vided coach­ing and equip­ment. He will live on in peo­ple’s mem­ory as a very fine ex­am­ple of a sports­man him­self and an up­right young man,” Helen Go­bat told the STAR. “We are just look­ing to sup­port as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, and it has so far been suc­cess­ful, hav­ing backed the youth sail­ing pro­gramme, pay­ing for a coach for four months. And we have five crick­eters go­ing off to a tour­na­ment in the north­ern Caribbean in the sum­mer.”

The STAR was also in­formed that young ten­nis star Meghan Wil­liams will be trav­el­ling to Mar­tinique for an ITF ten­nis tour­na­ment.

The Go­bat Fund re­cently hosted a spe­cial event: “We had a spec­tac­u­lar day at the St. Lu­cia Golf Club on 19th March and raised EC$37,000 in one day,” said Helen Go­bat. In­clud­ing monies raised from a golf tour­na­ment in Eng­land, the fund has so far dis­trib­uted EC$48,600 with monies shared among hun­dreds of chil­dren, rather than to one re­cip­i­ent.

When asked about the suc­cess of the fund web­site, Helen Go­bat ex­pressed her sat­is­fac­tion with its ef­fi­ciency. “The web­site is vol­un­tary and we do get per­sons con­tact­ing us through it and also via e-mail and the tele­phone.”

On a more som­bre note the Go­bats also spoke about the progress of the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ol­lie Go­bat’s fa­ther, Theo Go­bat shared that ‘very, very lit­tle has been done’.

Added Helen: “I think there is foren­sic work on­go­ing which is al­most com­plete; that is about all we can say re­ally. I am very dis­ap­pointed with the progress within two years. One would have hoped that things would have de­vel­oped, but they haven’t.”

“Ol­lie was a won­der­ful sports­man; he played squash and ten­nis. He was a very proud sports­man born in Vieux Fort, had a huge pas­sion for the coun­try, so I think to re­mem­ber his name now and by pro­vid­ing help to sports­men and women, is the most ap­pro­pri­ate thing to do to keep his mem­ory alive,” de­clared Theo Go­bat.

Young Morne Stars ath­letes, pic­tured with Theo and Helen Go­bat, re­ceive sup­port from the Go­bat Fund.

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