Chadwayne Rowe waiting to soar
Twenty-one-year-old Denham Town High School sixth-former Chadwayne Rowe is all about encouraging young people to recognise that they are agents of change.
Practising what he preaches, Rowe gives of his services to the elderly at the Denham Town Golden Age Home as well as others in the surrounding environs.
"My inspiration in getting involved is that I want young people to notice that we can be the change, so I am starting with me," he told Family & Religion.
Balancing his studies with volunteerism, he said that he doesn't shy away from any opportunity that arises to serve.
"I believe that putting my time, strength, and passion into serving children, adults, and the elderly is part of being a volunteer - you know, putting others above self," he said.
Rowe's ardent desire to serve was fuelled by his own lack on the home front as he said he didn't have strong support that he was expecting.
LOVE FOR AVIATION
Rowe said that his ultimate goal is to be a pilot, and that that dream started from a very young age.
"I used to leave out of my house and go where I can see the planes take off. From then, I have loved aviation," he shared.
Rowe, who grew up in the Waltham Park area of Kingston, is a sports enthusiast and describes himself as someone who is "self-driven, a debate lover, and one who is passionate about helping others".
On a personal level, he said that his life is not without challenges, but his determination to succeed and overcome sees him "getting up when he gets knocked down".
"I am passionate in anything I do or put my hands or head to. I'm a team player and I have a heart greater than a lion that keeps me walking in faith," are his confident words.
Among the challenges he shared is the heavy financial burden involved in his completing sixth form. Most days he has to walk half of the journey to school.
"But I don't let that stop me from getting through my journey because the Lord always has my back like a father would," he said, expressing confidence in God's ability to take care of him.
Rowe, in encouraging his fellow youth, reminds them that life's journey may not be smooth, but they should hold focus and "create their own path" if needs be.