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‘Stress relief’ Kite Flying Extravaganza draws the crowd

Trying to get the kite up at the Kite Flying Extravaganza at Wickham's Cay I on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd at the Kite Flying Extravaganza on Wickham's Cay I on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd at the Kite Flying Extravaganza on Wickham's Cay I on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO
The children just couldn't get enough of the bouncy castles. Photo: VINO
The children just couldn't get enough of the bouncy castles. Photo: VINO
The Virgin Islands sky dotted with kites. Photo: VINO
The Virgin Islands sky dotted with kites. Photo: VINO
Sharing the skies. Photo: VINO
Sharing the skies. Photo: VINO
A flying giant squid. Photo: VINO
A flying giant squid. Photo: VINO
The Most Patriotic Kite was also one of the smallest, measuring just about 2 inches. Photo: VINO
The Most Patriotic Kite was also one of the smallest, measuring just about 2 inches. Photo: VINO
Will it fly? Photo: VINO
Will it fly? Photo: VINO
The food section, that included delicious Barbecue! Photo: VINO
The food section, that included delicious Barbecue! Photo: VINO
One of the booths that sold Guyanese dishes. Photo: VINO
One of the booths that sold Guyanese dishes. Photo: VINO
Young Aliyah, left, collecting the prize for the Highest Kite for the fourth year in a row from President of the Guyanese Association of the BVI, Mr Marvin O. Grant. Photo: VINO
Young Aliyah, left, collecting the prize for the Highest Kite for the fourth year in a row from President of the Guyanese Association of the BVI, Mr Marvin O. Grant. Photo: VINO
Winner of the Most Patriotic Kite! Photo: VINO
Winner of the Most Patriotic Kite! Photo: VINO
Marketing and Communications Manager of Flow BVI Nadia James Harris, left, and President of the Guyanese Association of the BVI Marvin O. Grant, right, pose with two of the winning participants of the kite flying competition. Photo: VINO
Marketing and Communications Manager of Flow BVI Nadia James Harris, left, and President of the Guyanese Association of the BVI Marvin O. Grant, right, pose with two of the winning participants of the kite flying competition. Photo: VINO
Bouncing and tumbling were enough fun for some of the children. Photo: VINO
Bouncing and tumbling were enough fun for some of the children. Photo: VINO
Scores of children and a few adults chose this area to get their kites up. Photo: VINO
Scores of children and a few adults chose this area to get their kites up. Photo: VINO
The Said sisters were also at the Kite Flying Extravaganza on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO
The Said sisters were also at the Kite Flying Extravaganza on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO
Enough kite flying for one day! Photo: VINO
Enough kite flying for one day! Photo: VINO
Out with the family at the Kite Flying Extravaganza on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO
Out with the family at the Kite Flying Extravaganza on April 2, 2018. Photo: VINO
WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- The annual Kite Flying Extravaganza organised by the Guyanese Association of the BVI has been held annually for over 25 years and this year again saw a large crowd converging on Wickham’s Cay I, on the main island of Tortola, for the activity on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Persons young and old and from all nationalities participated in the various events under skies dotted with all shapes and sizes of kites.

For those children not so much into kites, there were bouncy castles where the children jumped and tumbled, often giving parents no choice but to fork out more monies for their children to continue in the fun.

There was also the usual scene of a stubborn kite refusing to take flight or going up and suddenly come crashing down and children scampering to recover a kite that had broken away.

There was also a kite flying competition where participants won prizes for the Biggest Kite, Highest Kite, and Most Patriotic Kite, all sponsored by Flow.

Many watched on while shaking to the music while others ensured to have a good bite of the Guyanese food on sale, namely curried chicken roti, chowmein, and cook-up.

Stress relief

The Guyanese Association of the BVI is arguably the oldest country association in the Virgin Islands, some 30 years old, and its kite flying event has been happening for over 25 years.

“We are happy that were able to execute this once again. I know of the challenges with the hurricanes and everybody being tasked with getting their lives back together and everything and that is precisely one of the reasons why we decided that we must do it this year, despite all the challenges,” expressed President of the Guyanese Association of the BVI, Mr Marvin O. Grant.

Mr Grant further told this news site that the association felt it necessary to have the event to give persons an avenue to relieve some stress brought on by the hurricanes of September 2017.

“It is felt that a number of persons are quite stressed and this would be the perfect activity to help relieve that stress. And it was with that in mind that we decided that we are going to do this.”

Deep appreciation was expressed to sponsors Flow, Nagico Insurances, Smiley’s Garage, Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) and One Mart, Road Town Wholesale, and Medicure Lab and Pharmacy. A big “thank you” was also extended to the City Manager Ms Janice Brathwaite-Edwards. “She ensured we were able to get this venue,” Mr Grant said.

Meanwhile, the Guyanese Association of the BVI has engaged itself in assisting with community work in the Virgin Islands and in Guyana, where they have made several donations. It also assists members in times of “dire need.”

Following the hurricanes, the association worked alongside another group to assist with the distribution of supplies provided by the Government of Guyana.

5 Responses to “‘Stress relief’ Kite Flying Extravaganza draws the crowd”

  • open wide (03/04/2018, 16:59) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    This was bigger than vg it says a lot about bvi culture
    • explain (03/04/2018, 17:57) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yes, so what you are saying about the BVI culture? You still have identity issues, mainly trying to save something that is poorly past down through generation. Your kids listen to Kendrick Lumar and Beyoncé and force to bend over for the white money men. Now, tell me why you and the other Virgin Islanders want to keep dividing the people that support your economy.
      We rent your house, shop at your stores, buy your vehicle and pay to support your civil servants to continue working. Imagine not collecting work permit fees and other immigration fees... Who will suffer went you don't want people to come and work your jobs? Face it we are already here, and you guys have cause this division amongst yourselves.
      • wize up (03/04/2018, 21:15) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ explain: should the currency ever change in these little islands; this level of conversation will also change: some folks are here because of the US dollars and back in the days(slipping in to the USA)..that changed following 911 because more identifation was required travelling to the US: caribbean folks have always been an intricate part in off BVI history.....
  • what's new? (04/04/2018, 10:11) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hating on the expatriates won t solve your problems. Thank them for staying here to rebuild, God forbid we have another hurricane like irma or 2 maybe 3 nothing is impossible these days. Stop hating the people, they pay their dues to stay here. They are not illegal, so shut your beep up, learn how to be nice. Hurricane season right round the corner. Many thought that a hurricane like irma would have never hit this country, and it did but some of us weren't shaken hard enough to WIZE UP.
  • Hmmm (04/04/2018, 11:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Easter is a world wide event it have nothing to do with anyone's Culture. This is where everyone comes together in unity.


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