Friday 23 August, 2019

Rotary Club of Kingston to spend $15 million on major projects

President Linval Freeman (left) briefing Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, on the Rotary Club of Kingston’s activities to-date and plans for the remainder of the administrative year.

President Linval Freeman (left) briefing Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, on the Rotary Club of Kingston’s activities to-date and plans for the remainder of the administrative year.

The Rotary Club of Kingston is to spend about $15 million on three major projects which are to be completed in this administrative year, ending June 2019.

In making the announcement, President of the club, Linval Freeman, said the projects will include the 'Homes for the Homeless' project which will seek to deliver five, new two-bedroom homes to needy families, in partnership with Food for the Poor.

The launch of the project is set for Thursday, November 15 with the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Karl Samuda and the chairman of Food for the Poor, Andrew Mahfood participating.

On Friday, November 30, the Rotary Club of Kingston will complete a newly constructed, covered walkway and computer lab at the Garden Hill Primary School, St Catherine, both estimated to cost $5 million.

Also, in early 2019, the service club plans to present incubators, monitors and other medical equipment, estimated at $10 million, to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, in a joint effort with the Rotary Club of Camrose, Canada.

Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen (right). honorary member of the Rotary Club of Kingston is presented with the 2018-2019 Rotary pin bearing the theme "Be the Inspiration"  by club president, Linval Freeman (left) during a recent courtesy call on the Governor General at King's House.

Details of the club’s activities over the administrative year were outlined by Freeman, during a recent courtesy call on the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.  Sir Patrick is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Kingston 

Another highlight of the administrative year is the annual Christmas Treat for senior citizens, which is set to take place on Saturday, December 8 at the Wolmer’s Boys School Auditorium, where 750 elderly will be treated in keeping with the club’s continuous community services programme.  This has remained one of the club’s annual projects for the past 30 years.

Freeman also advised that the Rotary Club of Kingston was on a drive to grow its membership by 15 per cent by the end of the current administrative year ending 30 June 2019. 

“So far we have inducted nine new members with an additional six now undergoing orientation,” he noted.  During the courtesy call on the Governor General, Freeman pinned Sir Patrick with a rotary pin that carries the current year’s theme “Be The Inspiration”.

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