THE 52 residents of the Best Care Children's Home at 11 Trevennion Road, Kingston 5, were on Saturday fêted by the Attorney-General's Department, in partnership with the Junior Chamber International (JCI), St Andrew.
The residents — which include children and adults who suffer from physical and/or mental disabilities — were treated to entertainment, games, prizes, a specailly prepared lunch and personalised gifts, which were sourced at the special request of each resident, and with their disability and special needs in mind. They included computer-based educational toys, electronic items such as radios, educational games, cosmetic sets, jewellery, sports gear, back-to-school items, and other supplies.
The children participated in a number of games, including musical chairs and show me your dance talent, with the winners receiving prizes. They also performed, including the song You Raise Me Up, which left some members of the audience teary-eyed.
Attorney General Patrick Atkinson QC, the recently appointed Solicitor General, Nicole Foster-Pusey, and the executive members of the Staff Affairs and Social Welfare Committee of the AG's Department were among those in attendance.
President of the St Andrew Chapter of the JCI Dwayne Gayle informed the gathering that the organisation established the Best Care Foundation which is the official administrator for the Home. He expressed pleasure at the partnership between the AG's Department and the JCI St Andrew, saying it showed that the AG's Department was conscious of its corporate social responsibility.
Chairperson of the department's Staff Affairs and Social Welfare Committee Nigel Gayle said: "The staff of Best Care Children's Home plays a vital role in society as they care for the vulnerable and oftentimes, forgotten in our society. The task is daunting, but the reward is immeasurable. They must be commended for their contributing to the nation."
Summer treats are one of the many social outreach projects undertaken by the Attorney General's Chambers each year. The department makes a deliberate effort to concentrate much of these activiites outside of the festive season when most people tend to remember the less fortunate among us.