Purpose-driven Ray

Baby Duo-thon pix courtesy Yemi
Baby Duo-Thon [photo courtesy: Yemi]
In this week's Saturdays with Ray:
The inter-island ferry, the T&T Express, is a purpose-driven vessel. It’s there to transport people, goods and vehicles to and from Trinidad and Tobago. At the same time,  it serves as a vital economic, cultural and even spiritual link  between the peoples of the twin islands. But the vessel itself has one function, and in achieving that, all of these beautiful ancillary benefits come flowing through.
It is the same for our guests in this edition of Saturdays With Ray: their lives are purpose-driven and we benefit - some directly, some indirectly - from the targeted, focused lives that they live.
World renowned Grammy-nominated vocalist, motivational speaker and pastor Wintley Phipps returned to his T&T homeland recently for a phenomenal one-night show entitled It Can Be Done. The concert is part of a series of events hosted by Spectrum 1 Entertainment, paying tribute to Trinidad and Tobago  citizens who are making their mark on the global stage. The focus for Spectrum 1’s founder, attorney-at-law Colvin Blaize, is to show the country’s youth that there are sterling role models whom they can follow and achieve their life’s dreams.
Wintley Phipps is one such example. He left Trinidad at the age of 10 and even then, he had an inkling that his life was going to be special. He credits Trinidad and Tobago with keeping him humble, despite the fact that he has met and performed for a cadre of global politicians, religious leaders and thousands of fans.
Brendon O’Brian is the founder of The Art Is performance arts company and he credits his twin brother with sparking his interest in theatre.
The fledgling company has been in existence for only three years. Its 10 members found there was no space for the type of theatre that they wanted to create, so with that purpose in mind, The Art Is was born.
One of the projects with which the company was involved was a partnership with the non-governmental organisation Parenting TT. The Art Is collaborated with the NGO to create a play called To Light, exposing the issues of substance abuse in a family. They worked closely with a group of young unknown actors/actresses in their 20s to bring the play to life and involved the audience through participatory dialogue and alternate endings.
Brendon believes the structure of theatre is changing and he intends to ensure that The Art Is will be at the forefront of that change.
Finally, one of the best ways to encourage healthy lifestyles is to start young. Our health and wellness correspondent Yemi explored one event, the Baby Duo-Thon, that got the little ones peddling and running.
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