Over 60 young people from the Wulff Road area came out yesterday to clean up their community.
Reggae gospel artist, Landlord spearheaded the cleanup through several streets in his childhood community off of Wulff Road that allowed the young people to interact with one another while giving back to theirs as well.
“When you listen out there, everyone only talks about the negative. But what we’re doing is showcasing the positives that the youth are doing. We want to show the young people giving back to their community through cleaning it up and a host of other things to come,” he said.
“I have a heart for the youth. What I really want to do is to give back and to give these young people hope,” he added.
Landlord re-opened a game room through Hepburn Alley over two years ago, in attempts to keep the children occupied and off the streets.
He said when he was growing up, the game room helped him to stay out of trouble, and he hopes that it will do the same for the youth of today.
“When I was growing up, because we were so busy in the game room we had no time for gang violence. We had no time to go down the wrong path. But the minute the game room closed down, that’s when everyone started to go into gangs and into trouble,” he said.
The cleanup was also in partnership with the Prison Association and the Landmark Baptist Church that also came through and got their hands dirty in the cleanup effort.
Residents within the community say that they are always glad to see Landlord come back and help out with the young people in the area.
Betty Rolle, one of Landlord’s former guardians, said that the children love him and are always excited whenever he comes to do something in the area.
“I remember him from when he was a little boy, and I’m proud to see the man he has become today. He is one person that never forgot where he came from. You know some people when they make it wherever, they forget you and act as if they never knew you. But not him,” she said.
“He always tries to help people and that’s so nice. I love that about him,” she added.
Garren Smith, 12, said that he holds Landlord as a father figure.
“He always comes and helps us out. He built the game room and that helps us stay out of trouble. We don’t have to think about doing anything bad that would cause us to go to jail or on the side of the road,” he said.
The community cleanup was ended with a ceremony at 6: 30 p.m. outside the game room where the Minister of Youth Sports and Culture,
Dr. Daniel Johnson awarded the young people for their efforts to be positive within their community.
At the ceremony they were also entertained by several Bahamian music artists including Sammi Starr and MDeez.