November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2008 – Olga Lopes-Seale

Posted in Guyana, Messages, Philosophy, Poetry, Years tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 2:14 pm by randallbutisingh

Happy Thanksgiving 2008 – Dame Olga Lopes-Seale

Nostalgia 437- Thanksgiving for Dame Olga Lopes-Seale. DA, GCM, MBE, BBS.

‘Tis better to give than to receive’ – and as the USA celebrates Thanksgiving 2008 – let’s pause  to ‘give thanks to Dame Olga Lopes-Seale, who celebrates her 90th Birthday Thurs Dec 26.

Being born on Boxing Day 1918 – must be significant to her Charity Crusade in that during medieval times in England, this was the day the English Churches opened their Charity Boxes and distributed ‘food and succor’ to the poor.

Olga, appointed a full time Broadcaster at Radio Demerara in 1953 encouraged listeners that year on the airwaves to contribute pieces of clothing so that a dozen children could attend a Christmas Concert. The response was so overwhelming that the Radio Demerara Needy Children Fund was started the next year- catering to 500 children, and by 1963 when she migrated to Barbados – she was Auntie Olga to 1500 under privileged kids – supplying clothing – toys and a

Grand Christmas Party.

In Barbados she continues this outreach and this year 2008 – her Annual Charity Drive would cover a span of 55 years – having helped (I estimate) – over 45000 under privileged kids during her ‘Mother Theresa Lifetime Crusade. In Barbados – she also takes 150 children each year on a ‘cruise,’ in addition to her other social outreaches.

Known fondly as the ‘Vera Lynn of the Caribbean’ – a songbird since 1943 from her Berbice Calling Program and frequent tours in the Caribbean, her motto and credo has always been

“If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song
If I can show somebody, who is travelling wrong
Then my living shall not be in vain”

Boxing Day Dec 2008 – The Guyana Association of Barbados (GABI), and Friends were planning a Gala Birthday Party, but it is now likely that this may now be cancelled.

Update on Aunty Olga -Nov 2008

Aunty Olga had surgery on her left knee on Monday Nov. 24th. Spoke with her daughter Marcia yesterday morning and was told that Olga is doing well after the surgery, although she looks frail, the barometer is that her “ mouth is still strong”.

“In consultation with some medical personnel, we have been told that the minimum time for recuperation after such surgery is four weeks.  When Olga’s age is taken into consideration this time may be longer.  We have therefore reluctantly taken the decision to postpone our plans for a birthday bash. Instead we plan approaching the local media to suggest that they publish a supplement in honor of Olga’s 90th birthday on Boxing Day”……. Elsie Yong, Barbados

In true Thanksgiving and Christmas Spirit – I now invite all reading this – her ‘Nephews Nieces’ who over these 55 years have been ‘touched by this angel’ to send her

(a) Send an email “Get well Soon/ Birthday Greetings which will be delivered to her by …or

(b) Post a Birthday Card (snail mail) or Note of Appreciation to her residence – STANMORE CRESCENT, BLACK ROCK, ST MICHAEL, Barbados. West Indies. You may mention some snippet of your experience with her crusade over the years – Thank You.

I was planning to be a Surprise Guest at her Birthday Party Dec 26th – but will now send her ‘A BIRTHDAY GIFT’ on behalf of ‘all her nephews & neices.’ My first volunteer promotion effort for the Needy Children Fund was a Dance 1955 at BGCC – Texacans & Chance Reliance playing – and $328 was raised. Olga then appointed me her Stage Manager/ Deck Captain for her Charity events – introduced me to Radio – and is responsible for setting me on the course as a Producer/Promoter – Creative Director these last 53 years. Ya think it easy!

Aunty Olga .. “We love you and wish you Speedy Recovery and a Happy 90th. May all the Joys – Love – Comfort – and Happiness – you have shared over the years, be yours today. God Bless………Godfrey on behalf of all your adopted ‘Neices and Nephews.

For my Nostalgia on Olga Lopes Seale – refer Godfrey’s NOSTALGIA – de book Golden Memories of Guyana 1940 to 1980. Contact Godrey Chin at his website at:


1 Comment »

  1. Gwendolyn said,


    This message is for Ms Olga Lopes Seale who sang on ZFY with my mother in the late 1930’s or thereabouts. Mom’s name was Rosalind Cameron Jones, she played the violin and had a soprano voice; loved to sing. Mom died in Trinidad on 18th January 2009 at age 90. Just thought Olga might like to know.


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