Saturday 15 December, 2018

Gordon Town Adventists fete community in end of year treat

(From left) Brother Donavon McNee Community Service Director Gordon Town SDA         greets  Elder Vaughn Thomas First Elder Gordon Town SDA and Pastor Wadsworth McAnuff Pastor of North Street and Arnold Road SDA churches during the 2017 staging of the The Annual Gordon Town SDA Community Service & Health Fair.

(From left) Brother Donavon McNee Community Service Director Gordon Town SDA greets Elder Vaughn Thomas First Elder Gordon Town SDA and Pastor Wadsworth McAnuff Pastor of North Street and Arnold Road SDA churches during the 2017 staging of the The Annual Gordon Town SDA Community Service & Health Fair.

Residents of Gordon Town, St Andrew are to receive free health checks and valuable care packages to help bring cheer ahead of the Christmas season.

The Annual Gordon Town SDA Community Service & Health Fair spearheaded by the Community Services and Health Ministries Department headed by Brother Donovan McNee and Sis Delmore Tyrell, respectively, is slated for Sunday December 2 on the church premises. The 5th staging of the event will see over 350 persons of all ages benefitting.

The Community Service & Health fair started with 250 beneficiaries and remains heavily supported by sponsorships and resources largely secured by Bro. McNee and Sis Tyrell. e.g. Headline Entertainment personnel and other persons in the entertainment industry, small business sector, Medical Doctors, Nurses, CHARES and NHF.

The residents have welcomed the initiative as many persons suffering from conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension High Cholesterol are seen, and in some instances treated, during the fair. Free HIV tests, free medication, clothing, food items and refreshments are also provided during the day which begins with Devotion. Activities to entertain the children are ongoing as are the free health checks which also facilitate medication being dispensed.

Brother Donovan McNee acknowledges that the event is a mammoth endeavor that he initiated, having seen the need of others.

“I never grew up and saw food on the table. I know what it is to be hungry. I know what it is to want something and not be able to have it. I met Jerome Hamilton, a colleague, and I saw where he had two persons he took care of and I liked how he cared for them and I said anytime I get the chance I will do the same thing for others. Jerome Hamilton will give away the shirt on his back, that love and compassion for others is admirable and certainly an example for all so that contributed to the genesis of this event,” he explained.

McNee also explained that, as the Community Services Director, he took the idea to the church which approved it and provided broad based support from other ministries and members, making it a successful annual church initiative.

The event continues to receive great support from the community as some persons are going through very difficult times and get a reprieve with the assistance provided.

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