Sunday 12 July, 2020

Portmore City Council, Magnum refurbish elderly woman's home

Combination of photos showing Hopie Greensword's home in Old Braeton, Portmore, before and after a refurbishing exercise by the Portmore City Council in partnership with Magnum Tonic Wine.

Combination of photos showing Hopie Greensword's home in Old Braeton, Portmore, before and after a refurbishing exercise by the Portmore City Council in partnership with Magnum Tonic Wine.

One elderly resident of the community of Old Braeton in Portmore, St Catherine got an unexpected gift as the 2020 hurricane season kicks into high gear. 

Corporate giants J Wray and Nephew through its Magnum Tonic Wine brand, teamed up with the Portmore City Council to refurbish the house of former sugar worker, Hopie Greensword. The refurbished house was handed over to a grateful Greensword on Monday. 

"We were able to help an old lady in Old Braeton, she was living in a half-finished house that was covered with a tarpaulin, and we took two weeks to renovate the facility with a proper roof, furniture, and fixtures. It was a project that was very dear to my heart, and I'd like to thank Magnum Tonic Wine brand for stepping up to assist," Mayor Leon Thomas told Loop News.

With the assistance of Torpedo Loans and the Kiwanis Club of Portmore, the Good Samaritans installed a new roof, replaced the windows, constructed a paved walkway, and a new fence, installed a new bathroom and appointed the house with new furniture. 

During a tour to hand out COVID-19 relief packages in St Catherine last month, the team from Magnum Tonic Wine and Portmore City Council first recognized the plight of Greensword, an elderly resident who had suffered a stroke years ago, and who was living in a dilapidated house in Old Braeton.

Thomas committed to helping Greensword to move out of the house that was without a proper roof and had no indoor plumbing.

Magnum also committed a sum of $200,000 to the project and added that it would provide Greenswood with groceries for a period of 12 months. Portmore Clifton Quarry Hill charity group, councillor Anthony Wint, and Member of Parliament of South St. Catherine Fitz Jackson also played key roles in the philanthropic effort. 

"We completed it just in time for the peak period of the hurricane season, so that's great news," Mayor Thomas said. 

- Claude Mills 

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