The Barbados Trailway in Memory of Melanie Watts

The Barbados Trailway in Memory of Melanie Watts

From Jamila Headley

On March 12, the world lost a bright light—Melanie Watts—in a tragic accident. In Mel's memory, help us make the vision of the Barbados Trailway—a bike path along the historic Barbados railway route—a reality.

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On March 12, 2021 the world lost a bright light—Melanie Joy Patrice Watts—in a tragic motor vehicle accident. She was cycling—something she loved doing—at the time.  Many of her loved ones, myself included, are still reeling from the loss. 

Mel was endlessly curious—about people, about nature, about culture, science, and so much more. She was always up for an adventure—whether it was around the corner from her house or on the other side of the world. And, she was so very brave—always willing to speak up for what was right and never assuming that she ought to accept the status quo. This combination of attributes meant that Melanie had a way of making every encounter you had with her feel somehow magical. Whether it was selling "fruit ice" from a little white push cart when we were 16 years-old, scoring tickets to a US Open final match because we had to witness Serena Williams make history, or going reef fishing on Barbados' East Coast at 10pm, Mel knew how to find and make magic in all things—big and small. 

A mutual friend has said that the best way to honor Melanie is to #MakeMelMagic every day, just as she did when she was with us. So for my birthday this year, I'm inviting you to #MakeMelMagic with me. 

Help me make the vision of the Barbados Trailway—a bike and pedestrian path along the historic route of the former Barbados railway—a reality by exceeding my fundraising goal. The Barbados Trailway is a project of the Future Center Trust. All proceeds donated here will be transferred to the Trust in Melanie's name. 

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