Posted by Bashir Mohammed on Jul 26, 2017
After an exciting start to the Rotary Year with the celebration of “Eid Ul Fitr” at its first meeting the Club at its last meeting in July 2017 celebrated Emancipation Day. 
Foundation Director Crystal Harper delivered a power point presentation which touched on the history of slavery in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean and the later emancipation of slaves through the Emancipation Bill which came into force on the 01st August 1834 sharing with our membership that on August 1, 1985, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery.
Rtn. Crystal’s presentation further showcased key aspects of African culture as reflected in their song, dance, clothing, festivals and traditions all practiced in Trinidad and Tobago to today while members enjoyed a delightful buffet of provisions and stew chicken prepared by Canton Palace Restaurant in celebration of the occasion.
The evening was made special too by the presentation of Dr. Ravi Maharaj titled “Defend against Dengue” on the prevalence of dengue fever in Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere. 
Dr. Maharaj shared with members the various methods they can adopt to prevent contracting dengue fever and various remedies used to treat dengue.  While Dr. Maharaj was unable at this stage to give details of his own research/potential cure which is engaging the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Club was appreciative of the knowledge he imparted.