Kiwanis Club helps Walker’s Place of Safety’s rebuilding cause
The donations will assist Walker’s Place Of Safety recovery from a fire that did extensive damage to the structure of the children’s home and caused the death of two residents on January 15.
The Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew made a presentation of cash and bedding to the Walker’s Place Of Safety on Tuesday at the Child Protection And Family Service Agency on Duke Street in Kingston.
The presentation consisted of $500,000 in cash and $250,000 worth of bedding. The money was earned from a golf tournament put on by the Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew, while the bedding was from a sponsorship through Jamaica Bedding Company Limited.
The donations will assist Walker’s Place Of Safety recovery from a fire that did extensive damage to the structure of the children’s home and caused the death of two residents on January 15. Since then, the damaged property has been demolished and architectural design was done for a new building.
According to Brittany Singh-Williams, advisor and representative of Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the donations will become a part of the $21 million in cash and building supplies that have been given so far, for the rebuilding of the Walker’s Place Of Safety.
Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew donates to Walker's Place of Safety
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She assured that the 34 children that were rescued from the fire are being taken care of properly, as some have been placed in Maxfield Park Children’s Home, City Of Refuge or the Jamaica National Children’s Home. She said the others have been placed into foster programmes or reintegrated with families.
In handing over the money, president of the Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew, Delroy Tomlinson, said, “it was regrettable when the members of the club heard of this tragedy. Members quickly came together and talked about how they could help in the rebuilding and refurbishing of the home, to provide a safe place for our children to live.”
“The board along with the fundraising committee decided to dedicate some of the funds raised from the administrative year, towards the rebuilding process. We hope that this, while minimal will be able to provide much needed assistance.”
He also made a plea for corporate entities to give donations, while calling on the authorities to ensure that the safety standards are in place for the new building and the necessary monitoring is done, to protect the children.
Managing Director of Jamaica Bedding, Errol Lewin, said that when he was asked by the Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew to donate the mattresses, it was easy for him to comply.
He said, the mattresses donated, has an anti-septic cover, made with anti-bacterial fabric. This will allow them to be easy wiped when they are dirty.