THE UNIVERSITY of the West Indies (UWI) will celebrate the life of former president George Maxwell Richards at their annual fundraising Carnival all-inclusive fete on Sunday.
Prof Richards, a former principal of the St Augustine campus of the regional university (1984-1996), was instrumental in starting the fete as a means to provide bursaries for needy students.
Prof Richards, who held the highest national office in the land from 2003 to 2013, died of congestive heart failure, on Monday evening, at West Shore Private Hospital, Port of Spain.
UWI fete event co-ordinator Jules Sobion, whose Caesar’s Army events company has been contracted to stage the popular party for the second consecutive year, said it is only fitting the university celebrates the life of the man known for his generosity and fun-loving nature. ‘As news of his (Richards’) passing reached us on Monday we mourned his death and look forward to Sunday to celebrate the life of the man and the contributions he made to the university as principal and the country as president,’ Sobion said. Sobion said UWI is also celebrating its 70th year with the 2018 floral chic theme, ‘The Secret Garden’.
The party promoter said the area in and around the principal’s office will be transformed into a fantasy world. And guests will be treated to a bubbly bar, the usual wide food selection and quality entertainment.
Soca acts Machel Montano, Kes the Band, Voice (Aaron St Louis), Marge Blackman and Alison Hinds have all been booked for the event. Sobion said he didn’t anticipate the downturn in the local economy to vastly affect attendance at Sunday’s marque event despite the high cost of admission. Tickets are priced at $1,000 for alumni (only available at UWI) and $1,150 for the general public.
‘The economic climate is not the best at this time, but Caesar’s Army is well known for creating experiences. It’s not just a fete; outside of the fact that the fete is for a cause it is a guaranteed experience.
‘Once we are able to promote, as best as possible, the kind of experience that one can have at UWI fete’s Secret Garden people will buy in to it. So we’re not too fearful of the economic climate, we are going to press on hard and create an unbelievable event,’ he said. Tickets for he UWI fete, ‘The Secret Garden’, are available at Republic Bank Long Circular Mall, Trincity Mall, Valpark Shopping Plaza and Gulf View, San Fernando. Tickets are also available at The UWI’s St Augustine campus and from all Caesar’s Army committee members.
Door prizes of airline tickets to any Caribbean Airlines destination will also be drawn on the night.
By: Michael Mondezie