Thursday 23 May, 2019

Optimist International donates $100,000 to Walker’s Place of Safety

Calvin A. Hunter, District Governor, Optimist International Caribbean District (second right) presents a cheque for $100,000 to Rosalee Gage-Grey (left), Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), while Audrey Budhi (second left), Director of Children and Family Programmes at CPFSA and Carlene A. Hunter (right), District Secretary, Optimist International Caribbean District look on.

Calvin A. Hunter, District Governor, Optimist International Caribbean District (second right) presents a cheque for $100,000 to Rosalee Gage-Grey (left), Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), while Audrey Budhi (second left), Director of Children and Family Programmes at CPFSA and Carlene A. Hunter (right), District Secretary, Optimist International Caribbean District look on.

The Optimist International Caribbean District (OICD) has donated $100,000 and clothing to the wards of the state who were displaced by fire at the Walker’s Place of Safety.

In making the presentation on Monday to Rosalee Gage-Grey, CEO of the Child Development Agency, at the agency’s Duke Street offices, District Governor of the Optimist International Caribbean District, Calvin A Hunter expressed “sadness, sorrow, pain, distress and regret” at the recent tragedy which took place at the home and robbed the ‘family’ of two of its members.  “We want to add our voice to those who mourn and to assure the survivors that we will be assisting as much as possible to help in their recovery,” he said.

“We cannot remove the pain caused by the flames, but we can help to ease the present suffering,” Hunter continued.

The OICD District Governor also called on the authorities to take all necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of that situation. “Firm steps must be made to ensure the security and safety of our children in the care of the state. Accidents will happen, but we must do all that we can to prevent them recurring,” he noted.

“We pledge to give care and attention to the wards of the Walker’s Place of Safety beyond this tragedy, in keeping with our mandate which is Optimist Clubs, Saving Children,” said Hunter.

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