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Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira (left) as he autographs a personal copy of his book for Minister of Education Ronald Jones.


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Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira gives back


A DONATION of over 50 books was made to the Barbados educational system yesterday by honorary Bajan and highly noted sports commentator, Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira.

The copies of the compilation of his memoirs, which have been aptly named ‘Living My Dreams’, were donated by Perreira with the assistance of Bubba’s Sports Bar to the Ministry of Education and the National Library Service yesterday during a press conference at the Elsie Payne Complex.

Minister of Education the Honourable Ronald Jones, who received 44 of the texts on behalf of the island’s 22 government secondary schools, stated that he hoped that Perreira’s work would act as a catalyst to inspire some of the younger generation who were not familiar with this particular, more mature genre, to ‘capture their own dreams’ and write.

The Guyanese national, who lived in Barbados for five years and now calls St. Lucia home, explained to members of the press that his donation of the books was in the hopes of inspiring positivity in youngsters across the Caribbean, as his next stop was in Trinidad.

“If this book can motivate young people to focus and not give up and make something of their lives, even if they do not have scholastic brilliance, it would make me proud.”

Perreira went on to say that he feels he has finally repaid a long-owed debt with his humble offering.

“Having lived in this country for five years, I think I owe something back to Barbados. Nobody invited me here; I came on my own and I was well treated,” he stated.

Ten copies of the volume, which was co-written with Catherine Atkinson, were also donated to the National Library Service. (MP)

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