By Sharell Lockhart
Globally, COVID-19 has changed the humanistic landscape of the world leaving no country unscathed and every governmental authority grappling with decisions on the best way forward.
In Grand Bahama, a state of normalcy is beginning to resurface slowly due to the tireless efforts of frontline workers, who risk their health and safety for the sake of the populous.
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, under the leadership of Leslie M. Dean, Most Worshipful Grand Master decided to pay homage to the men and women on the frontlines by hosting a Breakfast Salute recently.
Nearly 700 essential workers from all spheres of the community, inclusive of law enforcement officers, healthcare professionals, grocers, restaurateurs, gas station attendants, cashiers and others partook in the tasty breakfast offerings available at Harmony Lodge Hall, Settler’s Way.
“We recognize the hard work of the frontline workers and have extended our gratitude by providing a free, hot and tasty breakfast for them, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning,” revealed Dean, who noted that the dedication of essential workers must not be overlooked or go underappreciated and every opportunity should be taken to encourage and support their efforts.
Daily, essential workers champion the cause of the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and those attending the Breakfast Salute, were elated to receive a hot and delicious bowl of chicken, pig feet or sheep tongue souse courtesy of the Dean and the Lodge members.
Also on hand for the Breakfast Salute was James Ferguson Jr., District #4 Deputy Grand Master, Prince Hall Affiliated who revealed that the process for collection of the souse by the frontline workers was made easy – all they had to do was present a valid identification from their place of employment.
Ferguson said this is just one of many undertakings by the Lodge to show their gratitude, to give back to those who give so much to the community and he is hopeful that the efforts of the organization will spark a movement in which other civic, corporate and charitable organizations will emulate.
Established in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on February 27, 1950, the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Lodge is a non-profit, charitable organization that remains committed to its mandate to always assist the less fortunate in the community, which is a core principle of Freemasonry and continues to partner with other groups rendering assistance with the growth and development of island and nation generally.