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Joy as Park Lane celebrates fathers

Thursday, June 19, 2014    

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ANDREA Palmer does not have a lot of resources, but with the little she could muster the woman feted fathers in Park Lane last Sunday, observed across the world as Father's Day.

The community, which runs off Red Hills Road in St Andrew, often makes the headlines for the wrong reasons, but on Sunday the mood in the community was peaceful and jovial as fathers gathered at Palmer's home to be appreciated for standing up for their children.

"The common thing you hear is that men don't look after their children, but there are many fathers who do their best to keep their kids on the straight and narrow, and I think it is best to honour those fathers. As long as I have life I will be doing this," Palmer told the Jamaica Observer.

Besides being given meals, the fathers were also treated to gift baskets and healthy servings of alcohol.

There were also spot prizes for the oldest father and the youngest father.

Ernel Farquarson was very appreciative of the gesture and praised Palmer after he was given his gift basket for being the oldest father.

"We are good people in Park Lane and Pauline, (as Palmer is called) is one of the kind daughters. I just want to say thank you to her because she has done something for the fathers who usually don't get as much praise as mothers even though we do our duty," Farquarson said.

Everald Newman, who has a four-month-old child, was honoured for being the youngest father.

He, too, was very thankful.

"Big up Pauline. She is a very humble and kind person," he said.

Palmer met all the expenses of organising the function.

"The money that was spent was spent on a good cause so although it might appear to be a burden, it is a gesture from my heart," she said.

This is the second year that Palmer has organised the event.

— Karyl Walker

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