World Postal Day Treat for pensioners, post office staff

World Postal Day Treat for pensioners, post office staff

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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APPROXIMATELY two hundred pensioners from Washington Gardens and adjoining communities, along with the staff of the Western District Post Office on Molynes Road in Kingston 20 were feted during a pensioners' health fair on Thursday, World Postal Day.

The event, which was organised by the Health and Community Service departments of Washington Gardens Seventh-day Adventist Church, started last year after retired Superintendent of Police and church member Ionie Ramsay Nelson paid a visit to the facility to collect her pension cheque.

"I saw a long line stretching out into the road with even disabled persons in it," exclaimed Ramsay- Nelson. "I went and inquired why it was like this and asked if there was some numbering system so pensioners would not have to be in such a long line."

She reported the incident to her church, which decided to assist the post office, which sees more than 600 pensioners monthly, on a phased basis.

"Last year, we purchased some chairs for pensioners to sit on, three standing fans, water stations and a numbering system for the post office so the pensioners could be better served. Next year, we will seek to put in two ceiling fans and give help to persons with special needs."

On Thursday the pensioners enjoyed free health check-ups, counseling and health presentations on CHIKV and other viruses plaguing the country, and were presented with food gift baskets, toiletries, and refreshments. The post office staff was also treated at the end of the day.

In recognition of its work and importance to senior citizens who collect their monthly pension cheques from post offices island-wide, paint giant Sherwin Williams donated 40 gallons of paint to give the post office a well-needed facelift.

"It's a great pleasure on behalf of my organisation to present these paints to help to beautify this complex, said Ian Forbes, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams (W.I) Ltd.

"I think it has been long overdue and we are pretty certain that it will make a difference in transforming the whole atmosphere at this facility. I commend the Washington Gardens Adventist Church for this initiative and for recognising pensioners on World Postal Day, which I am sure will go a far way in enhancing the lives of some of our pensioners, a number of whom are unsung heroes."

— Nigel Coke

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