Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew delivers care packages to parents

KCWSA President Marie Brown (second left) hands a care package to parent Camille Brown. Also in the photo are KCWSA Distinguished President James McNish (left)  and Public Relations Chairman Marshalyn Rose.

KCWSA President Marie Brown (second left) hands a care package to parent Camille Brown. Also in the photo are KCWSA Distinguished President James McNish (left) and Public Relations Chairman Marshalyn Rose.

The Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew (KCWSA) last Friday distributed care packages containing grocery items to the 36 parents whose children attend the Cooreville Gardens Basic School located at 212 Ranny Close, Kingston 20.

The packages were sponsored by Jamaica Fishermen Co-operative Union and other well-wishers of the 41-year-old volunteer club.

Acting Principal, Nalda Martell hailed the gesture as a timely intervention for children of the privately-run educational facility.

She explained that the COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted some of the parents who have now lost employment or are working reduced hours with less pay.

“Most of them were not working from before and with the COVID-19 some are out of a job, even a teacher here is one of the parents and she is affected because it’s not a government-funded school. So if the children are not coming out, we don’t get the school fees, so she cannot be paid. So we are grateful because the Kiwanians are here for us always assisting the children. It is well appreciated,” she disclosed.

Parent Delmar Pitter (left) receives his care package from Young Children Priority One Director Ionie Henry. Distinguished President Ainsworth Dick shares in the moment.

The morning’s effort was coordinated by the club’s Young Children Priority One Committee (YCPO), which has been a bedrock of support to the school by consistently donating items to the nutrition programme over the past 20 years, while also regularly volunteering reading time to the infants.

“We consider it critically important to help create a nurturing and supportive environment for our young minds. This project reflects our sense of duty with a humanitarian touch, especially reaching out to children adversely impacted by the spread of the coronavirus.  We are strongly committed to making every minute of our volunteers’ time invested in each of these young lives, be a formidable contribution to the country’s future,” said Distinguished President James McNish, who is also the YCPO chairman.

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