St Andrew Rotary club donates care packages to Hannah Town residents
The Rotary Club of St Andrew North recently distributed back-to-school supplies and COVID-19 care packages to residents of Hannah Town in West Kingston as part of its charity outreach activities.
Scores of residents turned up at the Chetolah Mel Nathan Education Centre to benefit from the masks, books, household and other items that were in each care package.
The activity was made possible through the service club’s partnership with corporate Jamaica which assisted in sourcing the supplies, totalling $400,000.
Herald Printers Limited located on East Street in downtown Kingston donated 50 hand sanitisers and 200 personalised books, PriceSmart, Grace Kennedy Limited, Cari-Med Group Limited played their part in giving non-perishable food and household items. Crimson Dawn donated reusable face masks while Central Trading Company Limited gave other back-to-school items, rounding out the contributions was Victoria Mutual Foundation and Friends of Mel Nathan, donating cash.
Club President Nakia Rowe noted that Rotarians saw the need to do its part as the pandemic has affected people’s livelihood.
“The world has never experienced anything like this before and so as a service club we had to become creative in ensuring that we honoured our motto of maintaining service above self. We pursued an intensive drive to partner with our sponsors to make this event possible and we are pleased with the outcome, our sponsors were extremely gracious”.
No stranger to service, the Rotarians have in the past conducted several outreach projects in the general area ranging from health and wellness fairs and back to school medicals however a different approach was taken this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 200 packages were distributed to community members while maintaining protocols for safety.
President Rowe the club will continue to pursue further partnerships of this nature to continue its outreach during this challenging period.